Postmodern Cinema

Over the last few decades films addressing postmodern concerns or employing postmodern techniques have moved out of the art-house and into the mainstream.

David Lynch, Peter GreenawayJoel & Ethan Cohen, Alex Proyas, Quentin TarantinoDavid FincherAndy & Lana Wachowski, Michel Gondry and Christopher Nolan are a few of the best-known contemporary directors of postmodern cinema.

Precursors include the French New Wave directors of the 1960s, François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, and those associated with the Cinema du look  in the 1980s, Jean-Jacques BeineixLuc Besson and Leos Carax.

Key works include David Lynch‘s Eraserhead (1977) and Blue Velvet (1986), Jean-Jacques Beineix‘s Diva (1981), Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner (1982),  David Cronenberg‘s Videodrome (1983) and Crash (1996), James Cameron‘s The Terminator (1984), Terry Gilliam‘s Brazil (1985) and 12 Monkeys (1995), Luc Besson‘s Subway (1985) and Nikita (1990), Peter Greenaway‘s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Quentin Tarantino‘s Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994), Kathryn Bigelow‘s Strange Days (1995), Alex ProyasDark City (1998), Andy & Lana Wachowski‘s The Matrix (1999), David Fincher‘s Fight Club (1999) and Michel Gondry‘s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).


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