The Condescension Of Pretension

What is pretension in film? In Georg Rockall-Schmidt’s view, it’s one of the worst things a film can do – it’s really self-sabotaging in that it usually makes the audience feel condescended to, with that being rarely deliberate or effective.

Pretension and pretentiousness are of course subjective – there may not be universal truths surrounding pretension in movies, but Rockall-Schmidt believes feelings surrounding condescension, self-indulgence, and pretentiousness are linked to perceptions of a film’s or filmmaker’s sincerity – perhaps not always, but often enough for the link to be made.



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