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How to understand Cinema?

It was an article I had wanted to write for a long time, without being able to find the right words, strongly linked to my previous post to understand Cinema:

What movies do you need to watch to start with Italian cinema?

Everything stems from a simple question that I will try to answer in an equally simple way.

Why is cinema such an important art?

Personally I grew up with movies. I fed on it.

They accompanied me in sad moments as in happy ones, in the company of friends and lovers as well as absolutely alone.

I think the answer could be enclosed in one sentence:

One art to rule them all.

Painting, sculpting, act, dancing, singing, composing music, knowing how to play an instrument … and writing.

Cinema encompasses all these arts in itself, each scene can be a mix of two or more of these.

How many times a hit song became a hit because it was included in a film?

To give you an example of what I’m talking, let’s see three cult films from when I was a kid:

Dirty Dancing, The Karate Kid and First Blood.

The similarities between the first two are quite evident.

Where she learns to dance for the sake of a poorer boy, in the other he learns karate for the sake of a richer girl.

He eventually wins with his famous “crane kick“, while she flies with her “eagle move” into Swayze’s arms.

They are two basically the same films, although one is about dance and the other about martial arts.

But what really needs to be underlined is the social impact they had.

After their release in cinemas, it was not counted how many boys and girls had enrolled in karate courses or dance classes.

Just as after First Blood, don’t forget it, there was so many emulators of Stallone and his “Rambo” enrolled in guerrilla and survival courses.

Art imitates life. Life imitates art. Movies made who we are.

Changing genres of films, just think of the impact that two other historical films such as A Fistful of Dollars and Night of the Living Dead have had.

Two films released shortly after each other and which still today, after more than 50 years, continue to influence all kinds of creativity.

Sergio Leone like” is now a way of being in western cinema and how much the zombies created by Romero have taken possession of our imagination?

I would like to take for example two mass media phenomena such:

the TV series The Walking Dead and the famous video game The Last of Us

Two products of the modern entertainment industry very similar in the tones used and in the contents.

A good fusion of totally “Leone” western tension in the confrontation of the characters and obviously their being set in worlds populated by zombies or zombie-like creatures such as the famous Romero’s monsters.

So returning to the initial question “How to understand Cinema?

We must first understand that movies settle in our mind and don’t go away anymore.

It is not just a question of exploiting the “nostalgia effect” to sell or recycle films and TV series from the 70s or 80s or 90s.

The thing is, those movies invented a system that works.

Those movies have figured out how to “understand” cinema and “how” to keep people sitting in theaters by feeding their minds and hearts

And therefore the only way to understand cinema and watch and relate to IT, it’s to allow let ferment in our consciousness.

And obviously continue to look at all the rest that came out after, don’t stop only on a genre, actor, director on a such period of movies..

There are movies was good inspired by the cult and adds something that others will then be inspired again to create other movies again.

I hope I have managed to make myself understood.

Forgive my Englishized Italian, I apologize in advance but I hope you will continue reading me.

In my blog I try to recommend films that give me these particular sensations that I wrote about.

Always wishing the best to each of you, see you next time and if you want to support my blog I ask you please:

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Lover of movies, they have always been part of my life, changing it over the years helping me to shape my culture. I have always read, written and talked about movies, hoping with my advice to help many others like me to find what they like best. Thank you all !!

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