A beginner’s guide to getting into art house cinema would include emptying your mind of any and all preconceived notions of what a film is supposed to be. Art House films tend to be far more cerebral and somewhat less entertaining than the more mainstream films that are meant to pander to the masses. Art House Cinema is a bit hard to understand unless you keep your mind open and the idea that things are not as they seem firm but still pliable enough to accept that the director will be trying to show what they consider pertinent to the story line they’re trying to convey. In other words Art House Cinema is responsible for creating the type of movies that will absolutely make you think.
In the clip you’ll hear the names of many different directors and the movies they’ve made that are suggested as adequate gateways by which to experience the difference that is Art House Cinema. Just leaping into it from watching mainstream is not really advised since it is something that takes a while to get used to and to truly understand. Art House Cinema can lean towards drama, horror, comedy, and other genres, but usually seems to do so in a way that is not easily grasped by those that are used to being given something that is more visible and easily understood. In some ways it might seem a bit elitist and even snobbish but in reality Art House is more or less the desire of filmmakers to create something that is a step above the common, run of the mill film that can be enjoyed by anyone. In some ways Art House is an attempt at tap into a type of story telling that is fairly common but is still it’s own unique and very special style. It’s the upscale method of film making in a way.
But simply diving into it is not advisable as it seems. You could very well watch a film such as one of those mentioned above again and again but without a proper reference you might only understand half of it. The idea of ‘getting’ what Art House Cinema is has little to do with overall intelligence and more to do with how open a person is to new ideas and methods of filming. Many people find that they enjoy the simpler, more carefree films that don’t challenge them as much and tend to entertain them rather than demand their full attention. Movies are fun and engaging to watch, but Art House Cinema tends to be just a little more involved at times. It still panders to the viewers at times but it will tend to tighten up a bit more when it comes to the overall story. If you truly want to get into Art House Cinema then it is recommended to learn a bit more about it and take it slow as you progress through the many movies it has to offer.
It’s not for everyone as some people have found out, but such movies can be interesting.