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15th Feb '16 9:41:15 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/CopCar'' has a simple plot, a small cast, rural locations and no exposition whatsoever. Virtually everything is shown rather than told.



* A lot of CyberPunk works that incorporate a lot of the Noir stylings. Creator/WilliamGibson was one of the most obvious users of minimalistic writing in the genre. The idea is that most dystopic cyberpunk worlds are mass-produced and samey and so very little needs to be said about the background, because everywhere is neon-lit and filthy.

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* A lot of CyberPunk works that incorporate a lot of the Noir stylings. Creator/WilliamGibson was one of the most obvious users of minimalistic writing in the genre. The idea is that most dystopic cyberpunk worlds are mass-produced and samey and so very little needs to be said about the background, because everywhere is neon-lit and filthy.
17th Jan '16 12:58:45 PM MarkLungo
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* {{Dogme 95}} films are based around minimalism, which the inventors, Creator/{{Lars von Trier}} and Thomas Vinterberg call "purity." Films following the dogma avoid artificial settings, sound, visual effects, and camera tricks as well non-diegetic sound. The film is supposed to be as accessible and realistic as possible. Notable Dogme 95 films include ''Film/TheCelebration'', ''Film/TheIdiots'', and ''JulienDonkeyBoy.''

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* {{Dogme UsefulNotes/{{Dogme 95}} films are based around minimalism, which the inventors, Creator/{{Lars von Trier}} Creator/LarsVonTrier and Thomas Vinterberg Vinterberg, call "purity." Films following the dogma avoid artificial settings, sound, visual effects, and camera tricks as well non-diegetic sound. The film is supposed to be as accessible and realistic as possible. Notable Dogme 95 films include ''Film/TheCelebration'', ''Film/TheIdiots'', and ''JulienDonkeyBoy.''Film/JulienDonkeyBoy.''



** Of the UPA films, the one that probably best exempifies this approach is ''TheTellTaleHeart''. Animation is kept to a bare minimum (a flitting moth, some creeping shadows), letting the moody backgrounds, camera effects and narration do most of the heavy lifting.

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** Of the UPA films, the one that probably best exempifies this approach is ''TheTellTaleHeart''.their adaptation of ''Literature/TheTellTaleHeart''. Animation is kept to a bare minimum (a flitting moth, some creeping shadows), letting the moody backgrounds, camera effects and narration do most of the heavy lifting.



15th Dec '15 2:33:27 PM Adept
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* Mangaka TanakaYutaka flips between use of minimalistic dialogue and narration combined with gorgeous SceneryPorn to great emotional effect.

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* Mangaka TanakaYutaka Creator/TanakaYutaka flips between use of minimalistic dialogue and narration combined with gorgeous SceneryPorn to great emotional effect.
11th Dec '15 2:36:23 AM jormis29
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* ''{{Rashomon}}'' has the big huge gate set, but aside from that, it's pretty minimalistic. Eight actors, one horse, one baby, a set that consists of a wall with gravel in front of it, and a bunch of location shooting in a forest that really could be anywhere. A big production compared to some, but put it up against ''Film/{{Ran}}'' or ''Film/SevenSamurai'', and it's amazing how little there is to the production.

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* ''{{Rashomon}}'' ''Film/{{Rashomon}}'' has the big huge gate set, but aside from that, it's pretty minimalistic. Eight actors, one horse, one baby, a set that consists of a wall with gravel in front of it, and a bunch of location shooting in a forest that really could be anywhere. A big production compared to some, but put it up against ''Film/{{Ran}}'' or ''Film/SevenSamurai'', and it's amazing how little there is to the production.
20th Sep '15 4:07:55 PM Folamh3
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* EnvironmentalNarrativeGames (including the aforementioned ''Proteus'') tend to fall under this. Game mechanics and interactivity are extremely limited, the games rarely feature any characters onscreen and the emphasis tends to be placed on exploring an environment and storytelling.
2nd Aug '15 1:40:38 AM SeptimusHeap
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* The soundtrack of CaptainBerlin Savior of the World consists of only one song composed by Peter Syntethic, used in various situations

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* The soundtrack of CaptainBerlin Film/CaptainBerlin Savior of the World consists of only one song composed by Peter Syntethic, used in various situations
29th Jul '15 5:01:27 PM NavyFenson
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** The credits were also written on pieces of paper
29th Jul '15 4:59:56 PM NavyFenson
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* The soundtrack of CaptainBerlin Savior of the World consists of only one song composed by Peter Syntethic, used in various situations
28th Jun '15 1:14:10 PM Prinzenick
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* Most of the animated films of Creator/NormanMcLaren rely on minimalism in their art. They are usually centered around one central technique (i.e. Cut-outs, drawing on film stock), with many variations built around each technique. For instance, "Synchrony" is a film built around the visual representation of a soundtrack, with only very basic geometric shapes and colors representing the animation. His earliest films tended to be hodgepodges of unrelated techniques per film, but after working for the GPU film studio for a few years and learning how to properly structure his films there, the disciplined minimalism of his more famous short films came about.
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24th Jun '15 10:56:17 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Theatre/{{Sleuth}}'', ''Film/{{Cube}}'', ''Film/TheBreakfastClub''. All these movies accomplish so much with so little.
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' is an interesting example of this. It competed with fellow pop culture icon and sci-fi movie ''StarWars''. ''Star Wars'' consists of massive warships, epic battles, and huge starbases, whereas ''Star Trek II'' has really short, subtle battles between only two ships, and focuses more on the drama between the protagonist and antagonist.

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* ''Theatre/{{Sleuth}}'', ''Film/{{Cube}}'', ''Film/TheBreakfastClub''. All these movies accomplish so much ''Filk/{{Sleuth}}''
* ''Film/{{Cube}}'' is confined to a series of identical, empty square rooms,
with so little.
a limited cast.
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'' is an interesting example mostly confined to a group of this. It competed with fellow pop culture icon and sci-fi movie ''StarWars''. ''Star Wars'' consists of massive warships, epic battles, and huge starbases, whereas ''Star Trek II'' has really short, subtle battles between only two ships, and focuses more on the drama between the protagonist and antagonist.students talking about themselves during detention.



* Gus van Sant's ''{{Elephant}}'' is a no-nonsense Columbine tale about 2 students going on a killing rampage in their school. The film features a lot of pristine stillness, extremely long static shots (which continue rolling even after everyone has left sight), and no score.

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* Gus van Sant's ''{{Elephant}}'' ''Film/{{Elephant}}'' is a no-nonsense Columbine tale about 2 two students going on a killing rampage in their school. The film features a lot of pristine stillness, extremely long static shots (which continue rolling even after everyone has left sight), and no score.



* Creator/AndyKaufman's parody, ''My Breakfast With Blassie'', featuring an hour-long breakfast conversation between Kaufman and professional wrestler [[Wrestling/FreddieBlassie "Classy" Freddy Blassie]], mirrored the minimalist style of ''Andre''.

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* Creator/AndyKaufman's parody, ''My Breakfast With Blassie'', ''Film/MyBreakfastWithBlassie'', featuring an hour-long breakfast conversation between Kaufman and professional wrestler [[Wrestling/FreddieBlassie "Classy" Freddy Blassie]], mirrored the minimalist style of ''Andre''.



* The FilmNoir genre as a whole, focusing on the social commentary of urban stagnation and how the characters react to it.



* Creator/StevenSoderbergh ''Film/{{Bubble}}'' features a cast of nonprofessional actors and entirely improvised dialogue. The story follows three blue collar factory workers, and most of the plot simply follows their unexceptional, unglamorous lives.

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* Creator/StevenSoderbergh ''Film/{{Bubble}}'' features a cast of nonprofessional actors and entirely improvised dialogue. The story follows three blue collar factory workers, and most of the plot simply follows their unexceptional, unglamorous lives.



* ''{{Ulysses}}'' is a minimalistic work, not so much in volume as in the events being portrayed. The entire book is a series of analogies with Homer's Oddyssey. However, Ulysses has a timespan of a single day, not the 10+ years of the Oddyssey, and all events are scaled down a couple of orders of magnitude. An encounter with a cyclops (who is blinded by Odysseus, and therefore misses the Greek boat when he hurls a rock at it) is reduced to a conflict with a man in a bar, who is eventually blinded by the sun when chasing Leopold Bloom outside to throw a can at him.
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