Sometimes less is more, right? Take a look at Lars von Trier’s film Dogville For the obvious example. The use of minimalism within cinema has been explored by theorists for decades and differs from the sensibility seen in other art forms. Cinema is not just what we see, but how the filmmaker chooses to show it to us. One of the reasons minimalism has re-emerged in popularity in film is perhaps the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced filmmakers to adapt to new production schedules.
Like films at the 2021 Oscars Nomadland and Minari was the top contender. Clearly, there has been a transition to minimalism in cinema, but this unique subgenre also dates back a century. Here’s a closer look at the best minimalist films to date.
5/5 Dory (1948)
the rope Impressively long shots were taken, and even Alfred Hitchcock cleverly blended the edits by moving behind someone (or an object) and “cutting” as the screen went black. But generally, the film is very minimal as it uses only one location – a room! – and only a handful of actors. the rope Follows Brandon and Philip, two young men who share a New York City apartment. They consider themselves intellectually superior to their friend David Kentley, and as a result, decide to kill him. Together, they strangle David with a rope, and placing the body in an old chest, they proceed to have a small party. Guests include David’s father, his fiancée Janet and their old school teacher Rupert, from whom they mistakenly took their ideas. As Brandon becomes increasingly bold, Rupert begins to have doubts. In addition to being elegant and long-winded, the theme is suspenseful and anxiety-inducing the rope One of Hitchcock’s most influential efforts.
4/5 Before Midnight (2013)
In 1995, Ethan Hawke first teamed up with Richard Linklater to play Jesse, a college student who meets a young French woman (Julie Delpy) on a train. before sunrise. The two decide to have an adventure in the hours they have left before returning to Paris, and he returns to the U.S. Linklater, Hawke, and Delpy reprise their roles as writers/directors and star with two more films—effectively produced. First Trilogy – Over the next two decades, with 2004 before sunset And of 2013 before midnight Following the couple as they age apart and together. before midnight Cake is considered the best in the trilogy because of the intense drama that unfolds in the extended hotel room scene in the third act. But all three films are very minimalistic in nature due to simplistic settings, limited actors, and real-time editing. It’s like we’re watching an extreme documentary — in a good way.
3/5 12 Angry Men (1957)
Here’s another film that takes place almost entirely in a stuffy, nerve-wracking room. in 12 Angry Men, a Puerto Rican youth is on trial for murder, accused of stabbing his father. 12 Jurors retire to the jury room, warned that the defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. 11 jurors vote in favor of Faith, each for their own reasons. The only holdout is Juror #8, played by Henry Fonda. As Fonda convinces the exhausted jurors to reexamine the evidence, we learn each man’s backstory. Everything unfolds in real time, equally the rope and before midnightAnd creates killer suspense 12 Angry Men Worth watching again and again.
2/5 Tokyo Story (1953)
Talk about a heartbreaking story that makes you want to pick up the phone, call your parents/loved ones and tell them you love them. This is what the author did! And on a minimalist level, almost every shot is beautifully-filmed Tokyo Story is stable for a powerful effect. The story follows an elderly couple living with their young daughter in the small coastal village of Onomichi, Japan. Their three other surviving adult children, whom they have not seen for a long time, live in Tokyo or Osaka. Thus, parents unilaterally decide to take an extended visit to Tokyo with their children and their respective families.
All of their children treat the visit more as an obligation than a desire, each trying to figure out what to do with their parents while they continue with their daily lives. The only child to make a concerted effort on this journey is their widowed daughter-in-law, whose husband had been killed in battle eight years earlier. You’ll love some of the characters here and hate others – which is enough proof of how emotionally charged it is Tokyo Story Not to be missed.
1/5 The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
The Passion of Joan of Arc is a 1928 French silent historical film based on the true record of the trial of Joan of Arc. The film was directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer and is widely regarded as a landmark of cinema (via Criterion). The film summarizes Joan of Arc’s time as a prisoner in England, depicting her trial and execution. At a minimal level, the film was shot on a huge concrete set modeled on medieval architecture to realistically depict the Rouen prison. The film is known for its pioneering use of cinematography and close-ups. Further, Dreyer did not allow the actors to wear makeup and used lighting designs that made the actors look more grotesque. Moviegoers have definitely seen it, but we encourage everyone to experience this classic.