pseudorealism

 

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The word ‘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. 

Though 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 surreal.

 

Films made by film makers like Satyajit Ray, 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.

The 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.

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. 

21st 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 graphics. 

 

 

Also read on ..

Magic Real Art     Pseudoreal Art      Surreal Art

Film-making and pseudorealism      Films of Aparna Sen       Films of Satyajit Ray     Films of Mrinal Sen     Films of G Aravindan    Films of Guru Dutt    Films of Raj Kapoor    Films of Shyam Benegal

Magic Realist Literature         Pseudorealism and Indian Literature 

Pseudorealism and Global politicking

 

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