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Realism in Film: Less is More

  • JIRI BENOVSKY (a1)

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What is realism in film? Focusing on a test case of High Frame Rate (HFR) high-definition movies, I discuss in this article various types of realism as well as their inter-relations. Precision, recessiveness of the medium, transparency, and ‘Collapse’ are discussed and compared. At the end of the day, I defend the claim that ‘less is more’ in the sense that more image precision can actually have a negative impact on storytelling.

Qu’est-ce que le réalisme dans le cas du film? Dans cet article, je me concentre sur l’exemple de films de fiction en haute définition et avec une haute fréquence d’images par seconde (HFR, «High Frame Rate»), et je discute divers types de réalisme ainsi que les relations entre ceux-ci. Je défends la thèse selon laquelle «moins, c’est plus», au sens où davantage de précision dans l’image peut avoir un effet négatif sur les qualités narratives.

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Benovsky, Jiri 2016 “Depiction and Imagination.” (SATS) Northern European Journal of Philosophy 17 (1): 6180.
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