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Film art : an introduction

Author: David Bordwell; Kristin Thompson
Publisher: Boston : McGraw-Hill, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 7th edView all editions and formats
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Film is an art form with a language and an aesthethic all its own, and since 1979 David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson's 'Film Art' has been the most respected introduction to and analysis of cinema. In this 7th edition, the book has been extensively re-designed to improve readability.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Bordwell; Kristin Thompson
ISBN: 0072484551 9780072484557 0071215921 9780071215923 0071216960 9780071216968 0077108329 9780077108328
OCLC Number: 645673584
Notes: Includes a supplement: The McGraw-Hill film viewer's guide.
"The international edition is not available in North America"--Title page verso.
Description: xx, 532 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: pt. I. Film production, distribution and exhibition --
1. Film production, distribution, and exhibition --
Mechanics of the movies --
Bringing a film to the spectator --
Box: Independent production and mainstream Hollywood: the case of good machine --
Making the movie: film production --
Modes of production --
pt. II. Film form --
2. The significance of film form --
The concept of form in film --
Principles of film form --
3. Narrative as a formal system --
Principles of narrative construction --
Box: Playing games with story time --
Narration: the flow of story information --
The classical Hollywood cinema --
Narrative form in Citizen Kane --
pt. III. Types of film --
4. Film genres --
Understanding genre --
Box: A contemporary genre: the crime thriller --
Three genres --
5. Documentary, experimental, and animated films --
pt. IV. Film style --
6. The shot: mise-en-scene --
Realism --
The power of mise-en-scene --
Aspects of mise-en-scene --
Box: The film actor's tool kit --
Mise-en-scene in space and time --
Narrative functions of mise-en-scene: Our Hospitality --
7. The shot: cinematography --
The photographic image --
Box: From monsters to the mundane: computer-generated imagery in The Lord of the Rings --
Framing --
Duration of the image: the long take --
8. The relation of shot to shot: editing --
Dimensions of film editing --
Continuity editing --
Box: Intensified continuity: L.A. Confidential and contemporary editing --
Alternatives to continuity editing --
9. Sound in the cinema --
The powers of sound --
Fundamentals of film sound --
Dimensions of film sound --
Box: Rhythm on two tracks: a dance of death in The Last of the Mohicans --
Functions of film sound: A Man Escaped --
10. Style as a formal system --
The concept of style --
Analyzing film style --
Style in Citizen Kane --
Style in Gap-Toothed Women --
Style in The River --
Style in Ballet Mécanique --
Style in A Movie --
pt. V. Critical analysis of films --
11. Film criticism: sample analyses --
The classical narrative cinema --
Narrative alternatives to classical filmmaking --
Documentary form and style --
Form, style and ideology --
pt. VI. Film history --
12. Film form and film history --
Early cinema (1893-1903) --
The development of the classical Hollywood cinema (1908-1927) --
German Expressionism (1919-1926) --
French Impressionism and Surrealism (1918-1930) --
Soviet Montage (1924-1930) --
The Classical Hollywood Cinema after the coming of sound --
Italian Neorealism (1942-1951) --
The French New Wave (1959-1964) --
The New Hollywood and independent filmmaking --
Contemporary Hong Kong Cinema.
Other Titles: McGraw-Hill film viewer's guide.
Responsibility: David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson.

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This work provides an introduction to the fundamentals of serious film study - images throughout the work are collected from actual film frames, not from production stills or advertising photos.  Read more...

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