The Young Cinemas

May 13th, 2010

The late 1950s and early 1960s spurred a creative frenzy in filmmaking around the world. The youth culture and urban leisure-class defined that generation of filmmaking. National film schools sprouted in Scandinavia, Latin America as well as the Middle East and the cohort of directors of this time were mostly in their 30s. With their extensive knowledge of films, these filmmakers turned the industry upside down. Fashion, music and sports became distinctive in these films. To boost the economies in almost all of these once floundering countries co-productions between different countries and erotic films became a must-have. International film festivals began to develop; governments were sponsoring their states’ flurry of new directors and their projects. Filmmaking techniques and technologies were becoming modernized. Cinema was thrust into bouts of realism and overt politicizing. Styles such as the New Wave, Left Bank, Kitchen Sink, Neorealism and Direct Cinema took over the industry to bring it to new heights and levels of thinking.

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