The Relationship Between Films And Nations Essay

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One may find it hard to find a direct relationship between films and nations, and their roles in an increasingly transnational world. In order to understand the relationship between film and nation, there needs to be an understanding of tradition as well as modernity. Throughout history, one could argue that nations could be defined easily by the films that were made there, and produced by people from there as well. In modern day society, however, this is not the case. A single film cannot categorize a nation, nor can itself be categorized as a film of a certain nation. Historically, the term “national cinemas” had a continuous meaning for any film that was not produced in Hollywood. Particularly since the 1980s, “national cinemas” has become much more complex according to Stephen Crofts (Crofts, 386). One needs to consider the political state, culture, audience and historic events of a nation in order to being to understand the relationship of nations and films. “Since the 1980s nation-state cinema studies have less commonly treated films as objects for the exercise of aesthetic judgement than as instances of (national-)cultural discourses” (Crofts, 287). As Crofts views national cinemas, people have continuously started to use film as a window into a certain nations culture rather than for fun. Because of rapid shifts in use for film and perception of film, it is notably challenging to simply define something as a national cinema. The Past, directed by Asghar Farhadi,…

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