Cinema Novo: The Juxtaposition of Classic Hollywood Cinema to Brazilian Cinema

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‘12 years a Slave, award winning film director Steve McQueen associates making a film to, "writing a novel – you're telling a story. " This message is powerful and defines the true purpose of filmmaking that is, ‘to tell a story.’(Victorino) Hollywood has capitalized on the aspect of visual storytelling first introduced in 1985 by the Lumiere brothers with their first movie ever made for projection -- Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory. They (Hollywood), then designed a Studio System called Classic Hollywood Cinema to Finance, Organize, Produce, Market, Distribute, and Exhibit movies for financial gain while entertaining movie goers. This term was coined by David Bordwell, Janet Staiger and Kristin Thompson to define Hollywood’s …show more content…
This narrative structure follows events and actors, linear chains of cause and effect, a clearly structured and discernible beginning middle and end, while providing a comprehensive resolution at the end; thus, falls directly in between realism and formalism. Although the film is shot in a controlled environment, by the director’s order the environment has to look realistic and believable. These stories are goal driven by the protagonist/hero’ and are mainly psychologically rather than socially motivated. This was done using the aid of cinematic visual lighting styles consisting of Three-Point Lighting consisting of Key, fill, and back light to create intended psychologically moods that evokes controlled emotion from its viewers.
One example of this was the 1941 Orson Welles film Citizen’s Kane where he used light and shadow not as a necessity but to give scenes a certain meaning and atmosphere. In the scene where the reporter are in a dark room searching for the meaning behind Mr. Kane’s final work Rosebud, Orson uses strong backlighting to make the character in front appear as only a silhouette and therefore anonymous to the viewer and thus creates a menacing atmosphere.
Continuity Editing System ("invisible" editing) is another convention used to unfold action as a smooth and continuous flow across shots

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