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On the History of Film Style

Bordwell, David

Editore: Harvard University Press, 1998
ISBN 10: 0674634292 / ISBN 13: 9780674634299
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Titolo: On the History of Film Style

Casa editrice: Harvard University Press

Data di pubblicazione: 1998

Legatura: Soft cover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: The Way Movies Look: The Significance of Stylistic History Defending and Defining the Seventh Art: The Standard Version of Stylistic History A Developing Repertoire: The Basic Story Film Culture and the Basic Story The Standard Version: Central Assumptions Coming to Terms with Sound Bardche, Brasillach, and the Standard Version Against the Seventh Art: Andr Bazin and the Dialectical Program A New Avant-Garde The Evolution of Film Language Toward an Impure Cinema From Stylistic History to Thematic Criticism The Return of Modernism: Nol Burch and the Oppositional Program Radicalizing Form The Institutional Mode and Its Others Living Shadows and Distant Observers Prospects for Progress: Recent Research Programs Piecemeal History Culture, Vision, and the Perpetually New Problems and Solutions Exceptionally Exact Perceptions: On Staging in DepthIdeology and Depth Making the Image Intelligible Dumb Giants Depth, Dcoupage, and Camera Movement Redefining Mise en Scne Expanding the Image and Compressing Depth Eclecticism and Archaism Notes Index. Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_new_0674634292

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The study of cinematic style has profoundly shaped our attitude toward movies. Style assigns films to a tradition, distinguishes a classic, and signals the arrival of a pathbreaking innovation. David Bordwell now shows how film scholars have attempted to explain stylistic continuity and change across the history of cinema.

Bordwell scrutinizes the theories of style launched by André Bazin, Noël Burch, and other film historians. In the process he celebrates a century of cinema, integrating discussions of film classics such as The Birth of a Nation and Citizen Kane with analyses of more current box-office successes such as Jaws and The Hunt for Red October. Examining the contributions of both noted and neglected directors, he considers the earliest filmmaking, the accomplishments of the silent era, the development of Hollywood, and the strides taken by European and Asian cinema in recent years.

On the History of Film Style proposes that stylistic developments often arise from filmmakers' search for engaging and efficient solutions to production problems. Bordwell traces this activity across history through a detailed discussion of cinematic staging. Illustrated with more than 400 frame enlargements, this wide-ranging study provides a new lens for viewing cinema.

L'autore: David Bordwell is Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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