Title

Moral beauty in the cinema of the Dardenne brothers

Date of this Version

2016

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Published version

Cox, D. (2016). Moral beauty in the cinema of the Dardenne brothers. Screening the Past (41).

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ISSN

1328-9756

Abstract

Moral beauty is at the heart of the Dardenne brothers’ cinema. Its revelation is a structuring principle of their cinema. The unsentimental production of moral beauty is among their most important achievements. In this paper, I develop an argument for this set of claims and I offer an analysis of the concept of moral beauty using the films of the Dardenne brothers as my guide. I track the strategy of revealing moral beauty throughout their oeuvre and explore the features of their cinema that helps them avoid sentimental responses to their films.

 

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