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Friday, April 15, 2011

Various possible contemplative "genres"

CCC is not a genre, it is a (minimal) narrative mode, with a very particular aesthetic stylistics.
That is why we can find a lot of various so-called "genres", albeit quite diluted with transgressed conventions, within the CCC family. The films that could be loosely related to one or several genre conventions, still retain the strict technical profile of Contemplative Cinema : Wordlessness, Slowness, Plotlessness, Alienation. Even if these films might hint at certain genre structures (in a very minimal way), they do not use illustrative music, plot-driving dialogue, action packed scenes, build-up and climax, denouement, star-system actors... at least for the most part.

  • Les Triplettes de Belleville
  • L'illusioniste

  • Le Ballon Rouge
  • Cri Blanc
  • Bal / Honey
  • Dooman River
  • Winter Vacation
  • Beshkempir / The Adopted Son
  • Le Faisan d'Or / My Brother's Silk Road

CONTEMPLATIVE  (transgressive) COMEDY 
  • Mon Oncle
  • Trafic
  • Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot
  • Playtime
  • Winter Vacation
  • Kitchen Stories
  • O'Horten
  • Ni à vendre, ni à louer

CONTEMPLATIVE  (transgressive) CRIME
  • Jeanne Dielman
  • Lovely Rita
  • Hukkle
  • Crimson Gold
  • Elephant (GVS)
  • Keane
  • The Man From London
  • Los Bastardos
  • L'Humanité
  • Ashes of Time
  • The Hunter

  • Tie Xi Qu
  • D'Est
  • De L'autre Côté
  • Our Daily Bread
  • Sokurov
  • Oxhide 

  • Honor de Cavalleria
  • El Cant dels Ocells
  • Chouga
  • Sauve et Protège 
  • Pages Cachées

  • Damnation
  • Satantango
  • The Man From London


  • Indigènes d'Eurasie
  • The Limits of Control
  • La Vie Nouvelle
  • Elephant (Clarke)
  • L'intrus
  • Day Night Day Night
  • Invisible Waves
  • Lights in the Dusk
  • The Banishment
  • Fallen Angels
  • Wanda
  • Juha

  • Dracula : Pages From a Virgin's Diary
  • La Danse
  • The Hole
  • The Wayward Cloud
  • Russian Ark
  • Du Levande

  • Shara
  • 3-iron
  • Breath
  • Time
  • The Bow
  • Be With Me
  • Three Times
  • Daratt
  • Climates
  • Desert Dream
  • La Soledad
  • Milk
  • Three Monkeys
  • Tulpan
  • Un Lac
  • Damnation
  • Naked Island

  • Honor de Cavalleria
  • El Cant dels Ocells
  • Independencia
  • Ashes of Time

  • 9 Songs
  • Batalla en el cielo
  • The Wayward Cloud
  • Año Bisiesto
  • Intimité
  • Gojitmal

  • Brown Bunny
  • Seven Invisible Men
  • Koktebel
  • The Taste of Cherry
  • My Joy
  • A Straight Story
  • Stranger Than Paradise
  • Duel
  • Wanda

CONTEMPLATIVE  (transgressive) SCI-FI
  • 2001 : A Space Odysseus
  • 2046
  • Stalker
  • All Tomorrow's Parties

  • Visage
  • Cremaster cycle
  • Drawing Restraint 9

  • Flandres
  • The Sun
  • Un homme qui crie
  • Alexandra

  • Trouble Every Day
  • Kaïro / Pulse
  • My Joy

  • Portrait of the XXIst Century : Zidane
  • Tombée de nuit sur Shangaï
  • At Sea
  • 13 Lakes
  • Ten Skies
  • RR
  • Ruhr
  • Sleep
  • Empire
  • Eat
  • Là-bas

These are not really abiding to the conventional genres. Because CCC is cross-genre, or more exactly off-genre. CCC is a narrative mode, a minimalist one, that's why it may be used to tell any kind of story, under any kind of "genre". But what's interesting is to look into what elements they borrow from traditional genres, and how they transgress, transcend the stereotypical codes, and how much they veer off track from the genre-related-quasi-plot. We can still find the integrity of the contemplative mode in most of these films (some fall under the broader definition of Contemplative Cinema, contemporary or not, which may include music and/or dialogue), which definitely makes them very distinct from what anybody could identify as belonging to the classic genre.


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