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The classical Hollywood cinema : film style & mode of production to 1960

Author: David Bordwell; Janet Staiger; Kristin Thompson
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 1985.
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An overview of American studio filmmaking that examines its distinct mode of film practice, in both production and style, from 1917 through 1960.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Bordwell; Janet Staiger; Kristin Thompson
ISBN: 0231060548 9780231060547 0231060556 9780231060554
OCLC Number: 11623662
Description: xv, 506 pages, [128] pages of plates : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The classical Hollywood style, 1917-60 / David Bordwell. An excessively obvious cinema. Story causality and motivation. Classical narration. Time in the classical film. Space in the classical film. Shot and scene. The bounds of difference --
pt. 2. The Hollywood mode of production to 1930 / Janet Staiger. The Hollywood mode of production: its conditions of existence. Standardization and differentiation: the reinforcement and dispersion of Hollywood's practices. The director system: management in the first years. The director-unit system: management of multiple-unit companies after 1909. The central producer system: centralized management after 1914. The division and order of production: the subdivision of work from the first years through the 1920s --
pt. 3. The formulation of the classical style, 1909-28 / Kristin Thompson. From primitive to classical. The formulation of the classical narrative. The continuity system. Classical narrative space and the spectator's attention. The stability of the classical approach after 1917 --
pt. 4. Film style and technology to 1930. Technology, style and mode of production / David Bordwell and Janet Staiger. Initial standardization of the basic technology / Kristin Thompson. Major technological changes of the 1920s / Kristin Thompson. The Mazda tests of 1928 / David Bordwell. The introduction of sound / David Bordwell --
pt. 5. The Hollywood mode of production, 1930-60 / Janet Staiger. The labor-force, financing and the mode of production. The producer-unit system: management by specialization after 1931. The package-unit system: unit management after 1955 --
pt. 6. Film style and technology, 1930-60 / David Bordwell. Deep-focus cinematography. Technicolor. Widescreen processes and stereophonic sound --
pt. 7. Historical implications of the classical Hollywood cinema / David Bordwell and Janet Staiger. Since 1960: the persistence of a mode of film practice. Alternative modes of film practice --
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An overview of American studio filmmaking that examines its distinct mode of film practice, in both production and style, from 1917 through 1960.

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