2 Film Industry Exam
WHAT IS POSTMODERNISM? Post-modernity began in the 1960s and the movement revolted against the modernist ideology. PoMo’s attitude is playful and humorous with a sense of nostalgia or tongue in cheek style. Postmodernists are against big narratives, for example religion and science, and it was Lyotard who said: “incredulity toward metanarratives”. The likes of Jonas Åkerlund, Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry are masters at creating exciting films and music videos for the likes of Lady Gaga and Madonna. Quentin Tarantino is a successful postmodern director, with films such as Reservoir Dogs (1992), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2 (2003/4), Death Proof (2007), Inglorious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012). Postmodernism is a reaction from modernism and humanism, it is a theory that likes to be vague, broad and ambiguous.
It believes life is what we make of it, what we experience and life the society wants us to live is false. It feels law has been used by those in power to control society and therefore are sceptical of explanations which claim to be valid for all groups, cultures, traditions, or races, including metanarrative and instead focuses on the relative truths of each person. The relationship between film and postmodernism is not always compatible because the opening weekend of ‘Blade Runner’ (Ridley Scott, 1982) was not very successful, so this could show that audiences do not want to watch complicated storylines and do not want to know that human life has ‘failed’ in the future. Postmodern films attempt to subvert the mainstream conventions of narrative structure, characterisation and destroy the audience’s suspension of disbelief. Usually, such films break away from
It believes life is what we typical portrayals of gender, race, class, genre and time with the goal of creating something different from traditional narrative expression, or just “being weird for the sake of being weird” (Moe Szyslak, The Simpsons).
PoMo is weird for the sake of weird.