As the contributions keeps coming in, every day, at a nice pace (thanks everyone), I hope to still manage to foster the promised collective activity on this team-blog (despite the current bug, this is not a new post, I had to recycle an old one). So here's the first roundtable topic to discuss together. We can't publish new posts, but at least we can gather comments at the same place this way.
The main subject of controversy so far has been about the naming of "contemplative cinema" and the definition of its territory. I don't mind at all, the title of this blogathon is an arbitrary category. So let's talk about it here.
- What does "contemplative cinema" evoke to you? What does contemplation mean to the audience? What other terms would better suit this trend? What are the distinctions with "Modernism", "Transcendental style", "Minimalism", "boring artfilms", "slow", "mute"?
- There is already a fascinating discussion at Le Forum des Cahiers, about contemplation meaning to be in/outside the film, or "inside but on the side of the action", about the surface/depth of the immersion. What do you think?
- Another point we could discuss in relation to this definition, is to speculate on the origins of this recent trend. Did it start around the early 90ies? What films inspired it (Silent films, Modernity, New Wave)? And in what way do they depart from these inspirators to create a form of cinema that only exists today? We could refer to the tentative chronology under-construction and editable here.
- This is also the opportunity to say how pointless is this idea of grouping all these different films around an apparent common form. Don't be shy. It's free chat.
Everyone is welcome to suggest other topics for next roundtables this month.