seventh art

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The Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, a practitioner of the seventh art, on the set of his film Il bidone (The Swindle) in 1955.

Calque of Italian settima arte, which was coined by the Italian film theoretician Ricciotto Canudo (1877–1923) in 1921,[1][2] considering filmmaking to be a new art combining the six previous arts of architecture, sculpture, painting, music, dance, and poetry. Canudo had previously used the term sesta arte (literally sixth art) to describe filmmaking around 1911 when he did not include dance in the set of preceding arts.



the seventh art

  1. (film, chiefly preceded by the definite article) The art of making motion pictures; filmmaking; cinema. [from 1920s]

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  1. ^ seventh art, n.” under “seventh, adj., adv., and n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, March 2023; “seventh art, n.”, in Lexico,; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
  2. ^ “Collection des titres de périodiques: La gazette des sept arts [Collection of Periodical Titles: The Gazette of the Seven Arts]”, in Ciné-Ressources[1], Cinémathèque Française, October 2000, archived from the original on 2022-09-25: “En avril 1921, Ricciotto Canudo, celui que Jean Epstein appelle ‘le missionnaire de la poésie au cinéma’, fonde Le Club des amis du septième art, [] [In April 1921, Ricciotto Canudo, whom Jean Epstein called ‘the missionary of poetry in cinema’, founded the Club of Friends of the Seventh Art, []]”.

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