Theories Of Realism In Film

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Within the field of film theory, there are several approaches theorists have taken. Sergei Eisenstein is prominently known for his contributing theories in the approach of Soviet Montage in film while Andre Bazin is known for his contributions in the theoretical approach of Realism in film as well. Rudolf Arnheim is a theorist who is prominently known for his contributions of the psychological approach of film. In his written piece of “Film Art, Rudolf Arnheim presents a series of theories that apply to film, especially with silent films. Many of his theories include how films should not emulate realism and how the sound of film should be removed. Within the film of The Gold Rush, Arnheim’s theoretical approaches are presented in the film. Even though these approaches possess positive qualities that enhance the experience of viewing film, there are elements of such approaches that hinder the experience of spectators screening the film.
In Film Art, Arnheim has voiced displeasure towards the usage of sound. “These people regard the introduction of sound as an improvement or completion of silent film. This opinion is just as senseless as if… known principles of painting” (289). He suggests removing sounds from film as he believe that the removal of such an element will heighten the attention of other senses. "The absence of the spoken word concentrates the spectator 's attention more closely on the visible aspect of behavior, and thus the whole event draws particular interest
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