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„Smart cinema”. Mądre kino z „indie” świata
Smart Cinema – Wise Cinematography from Indieworld

Author(s): Rafał Syska
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: smart cinema; quirky cinema; indie film

Summary/Abstract: The author analyses one of the most important paths of American independent cinema of the 1990s – smart cinema. He describes the context of production and distribution, and places it in the landscape of indieworld – the phenomenon developing over the last 25 years in the United States. Then he traces the most important features of smart films, focusing on their conservative aesthetics and worldview, but also on the question of irony and random chance and coincidence. He argues that smart films are the antithesis of the beloved family film, but at the same time they express a longing for the principles of American social relations. The author creates a preliminary outline of a phenomenon and lists its principle creators: Paul Thomas Anderson, Tamara Jenkins, Alexandre Payne, Todd Solondz and others. He also compares smart cinema with quirky cinema.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 93-94
  • Page Range: 130-139
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish