Movements in Cinema History

Italian Neorealism

filmmakers could implement honest portrayals of life on the big screen. With an emphasis on holding a mirror up to society, the neorealist movement strived to portray real world struggles in the aftermath of WWII

Rome, Open City by Roberto Rosselini

German Expressionism

visual distortion and hyper-expressive performance to show inner turmoils, fears and desires of that era. German Expressionism reflects the inner conflicts ejecting cinematic realism ban on foreign movies

Fritz Lang (Metropolis) and F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu)

French New Wave

rejection of traditional filmmaking conventions in favor of experimentation existential themes, absurdity

Truffaut, Goddard

Soviet Montage

emphasis on editing Kuleshov effect