Cinema And Society In The Light Of Emile Zola’s Naturalism


  • Hossein Shahin Karbalaeetaher University of Fine Arts Hamburg



Film, society, Emile Zola, naturalism, French cinema


This study will seek to discuss the essential impact of Emile Zola’s naturalism regarding the role of cinema in projecting social issues. To be clear on how cinema has got involved with social issues and has become an effective art form for distributing social messages and encouraging social changes, this study first will give a detailed historical background on the relationship between cinema itself and society. Then, it will elaborate on Emile Zola's naturalistic literature role as the first serious endeavors to raise social awareness through art and literature in the late nineteenth century. Finally, this study will focus on the first cinematic movement with an emphasis on the depiction of the working class' real life and revealing inequalities and injustices in a society based on Zola’s naturalism.


Author Biography

Hossein Shahin Karbalaeetaher, University of Fine Arts Hamburg

Independent filmmaker, published writer/translator, and researcher. University of Fine Arts Hamburg.


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How to Cite

Karbalaeetaher, H. S. (2020). Cinema And Society In The Light Of Emile Zola’s Naturalism. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 8(1), 141–155.