Dogma 95 manifesto and the ordinary act of filmmaking
Cansızoğlu, İbrahim (2007) Dogma 95 manifesto and the ordinary act of filmmaking. [Thesis]
From the beginning of its conception Dogma 95 manifesto incited several debates related with cinema and other realms of culture. The manifesto became a motivation for a series of internationally acclaimed Danish films alongside it spurred many independent filmmakers from all around of the world. Analyzing the emergence, institutionalization and expansion of the Dogma concept offers many possibilities in understanding the zeitgeist of the last decade of the longest century of history. Politics and aesthetics always went hand in hand in the Dogma program. The main concern of the manifesto was the political economy of filmmaking. Dogma 95 manifesto definitely offered a new filmmaking strategy apart from Hollywood whose visual ideology is determined by the oligopolistic market and international capital structures. Also within the context of the European cinema the Dogma movement was different since it did not closeted itself within a debate between globalization and national cultures. Following Lefebvre's ideas one may argue that Dogma 95 manifesto proposed to construct a new social space for filmmaking which is more inclusive and democratic. Even though the film aesthetics seems to be denied in the manifesto, an analysis based upon the premises of the performance theory shows us the fact that Dogma 95 manifesto proposed a frame within which the political criticism is included, and this frame is not exempt from the realm of aesthetics. Lars von Trier's Idiots can be considered as a critical account on the utopian Dogma project. Through its self reflexivity, inclusive yet provocative nature Dogma 95 manifesto spurs an intellectual interrogation about the very basics and the future of cinema.
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