sinecine ISSN: 1309-5838

Postmodernist Film: A Cinematic Genre


The essay addresses the problem of locating postmodernism meaningfully within contemporary developments in film theory. The argument is tripartite: the semantic confusion surrounding the definition of the term postmodernism is delineated; discursive parameters are established in terms of a representative body of cinematic works matched against a set of stylistic and structural elements characteristic of the postmodern aesthetic; the findings of this analysis are used to construct a hypothesis that postmodernism in film constitutes a generic critical category or cinematic genre coordinate in many respects to film noir, the theoretical status of which is similarly contentious.

Keywords: Film theory, postmodernism, semantics, aesthetic, genre.