The Redeye Complex

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The word mumblecore has popped up a couple times recently in describing a type of movie. The NYTimes uses it while reviewing a movie called Quiet City.
“Quiet City” belongs to the movie genre labeled mumblecore, so named partly because the young, nerdy characters in these films rarely address any subject outside their immediate social sphere. If they don’t actually mumble their words, the tone of their conversations is restricted to various shades of chat, much of which seems trivial. It is a filmmaking sensibility, filtered through Jean-Luc Godard and John Cassavetes and distantly related to punk, with the spirit of defiance replaced by resignation to the art of diminished expectations.
It sounds very interesting especially after reading the last paragraph in the story.


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