films and theatre
‘pseudo realism’ (or pseudorealism) was coined by the film critics in
the West in reference to the films that use heavy special effects to
depict pure fantasies in such a way that the viewer cannot differentiate
between the real and the unreal.
the word pseudorealism has a recent coinage, film makers all over the
world as like writers and
visual artists had always been making films
and telling stories and creating images to push forward their ideas. And
ideas cannot be cited through reality alone; they require to be
expressed through juxtaposition of elements of reality with the
made by film makers like
Ritwik Ghatak and
Mrinal Sen had
often been to drive home a point.
Propaganda films in the erstwhile
Soviet Union and many of the East Block Countries had clear messages for
the viewers. Many of the Hollywood movies also have propaganda material
engraved in the scripts.
success of art depends on how well the blending of the surreal and real
takes place. Now with the aid of new scientific aids the film maker is
at liberty to delve more into the unreal and pass it as real. Pseudo
realism is thus the most general undercurrent of most visual
representations of this new century.
Kanchan Seetha is one of
G Aravindan’s more popular films. In this the director has tried to
portray the characters of Ramayan in a tribal setting thereby breaking
the elitist proto-aryan image of Hindu God Ram.
the aid of new scientific aids the film maker is at liberty to delve
more into the unreal and pass it as real. Pseudo realism is thus the
most general undercurrent
of most visual representations of this new
century makes pseudorealism more of a reality than realism. The use of
heavy special effects in films and media images is to increase even
further in days to come. In fact the old style film making with actors
may in course of time get replaced by the use of computer generated
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Films of Mrinal
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Films of Guru Dutt
Films of Raj
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