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The term alternative cinema has certain connotations To many it is not alternative instead it is the way cinema was meant to be viewed in that the viewer should be able to define the film in their own personal terms In the following essay I will firstly examine what the term alternative cinema means and secondly how Brechts theories are evident in many elements of the films that have been pigeon-holed as alternative cinema The word alternative is described in Collins English Dictionary as Denoting a lifestyle culture art form etc regarded by its adherents as preferable to that of contemporary society because it is less conventional materialistic or institutionalised and often more in harmony with natureMakin 1992 This is an extremely useful definition as the word alternative has been used to describe a form of medicine or therapy and even forms of energy Alternative medicine examines the persons physical well-being and uses acupuncture feng-shui massage and many others as techniques to alleviate disease Alternative energy is energy created from what surrounds us such as wind the sea and the tides it is energy that brings us in alignment with nature The word alternative in these forms looks at natural processes found in nature A number of films from around the world can be pigeon-holed as alternative cinema that is the cinema that rejects the mainstream approach of filmmaking It is not a particular method of making films because many of these films are very different from each other and use differing approaches alternative cinema does not look at a particular way of doing things but a particular way of not doing things the Brechtian aspect of making films centres largely on the theoretical and creative side of film-making therefore many of the films said to be alternative in terms of production cannot be discussed in terms of the work of Bertolt Brecht Bertolt Brecht was born in Germany in 1898 and has been cited
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