Movies are often considered to be a form of art. What makes movies art? This question is for a Film Appreciation and Study class.

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Movies often include drama, which is certainly art.  Also cinematography is artistic in its use of light, color, scenery, etc.

I've always been fascinated by Saroyan's definition:  Art is looking at things carefully.  Of course movies are commodity, but those movies that allow the viewer to see things carefully -- whether plot development, character revelations, or simply visual records -- are art, also.  We have to expand the definition to include such wonders as "Last Year at Marienbad" to realize how movies can make us "see" things. No novel (even Robbe-Grillet's original), no sculpture, no dance recital, etc. has ever depicted so convincingly the state of unknowing that occurs when we stand back from the so-called present moment.  Because of its "language," only film could do it.

Movies appeal to the senses through vision, sound, the use of emotion to stir deep opinion and share experiences with others. I find all of these to be aspects of "art" that I treasure whenever I...

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