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Abstract – The Cinema of Attraction: Early Film, Its Spectator and the Avant-Garde

The Cinema of Attraction: Early Film, Its Spectator and the Avant-Garde

Abstract

 In his article Tom Gunning argues that the relationship of the works of many filmmakers before 1906 (notably the films of Lumiére and Méliés) with their spectators differs from the relationship of the narrative cinema after 1906 with its spectator by having a common basis, which he calls as the “cinema of attraction”. Gunning believes that the cinema of attraction had been dominant until 1906-1907. He further states that it had not vanished after the reign of narrative cinema. Instead, it had either contributed to the avant-garde practices by going underground or it had become a component of narrative films by appearing in certain types of films.