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On Dogma, Storytelling, and Truth in Film

January 30, 2017

On Dogma, Storytelling, and Truth in Film


According to Dogme 95, the group of film directors responsible for the ten dogmas of filmmaking set forth in the “Vow of Chastity”, film has been shackled to the Hegelian system of thesis, anti-thesis, and synthesis. In the last 50 years especially, “the anti-bourgeois cinema itself became bourgeois, because the foundations upon which its theories were based was the bourgeois perception of art … [which is] false.” It is the goal of the Vow to liberate film by forgoing supposed self-indulgent and profligate filming techniques and practices, and thus become, as the name suggests, pure and true. Even so, it does not appear that, at least through the method of the Vow and its first approved film “The Celebration”, the exodus has been fully achieved.

https://public.wsu.edu/~kimander/ondogma.htm