“In The Way Hollywood Tells It, David Bordwell treats us to an analytic account and history of the craft of modern Hollywood filmmaking which is at once concise . Bordwell traces the continuity of this tradition in a wide array of films made The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style in Modern Movies. The way Hollywood tells it: story and style in modern movies Appendix: A Hollywood Timeline, Bradley Schauer and David Bordwell, page .
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It hollywlod the experiments and innovations that gave rise to the modern cinema, developing a vocabulary that helps explain the variety of choices filmmakers make when they construct shots and edit them together.
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Within the limits of the “classical” approach, innovation can flourish.
The Way Hollywood Tells It
Among other literally big changes, the epic blockbuster became more commonplace. Film Style and Mode of Production to The Classical Hollywood Cinema by the same author, if I wanted to read an encyclopedia of dry film facts, I would have found a different book.
But who was he really? I find David Bordwell’s book to be simply astonishing. This book has been a best seller for over 15 years and has been used by screenwriters around the world! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This course covers the history and aesthetics of the movies.
Bordwell traces the continuity of this tradition in a wide array of films made sincefrom romantic comedies like Jerry Maguire and Love Actually to more imposing efforts like A Beautiful Mind. David Bordwell is a master of the cinema.
The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style in Modern Movies
American filmmakers have created a durable tradition—one that we should not be ashamed to call artistic, and one that survives in both mainstream entertainment and niche-marketed indie cinema. Tim rated it it was amazing May 16, Bordwell is particularly insightful about how new technologies serve both to enhance AND limit the expressive range of current movie story-telling. American filmmakers have created a durable tradition—one that we should not be ashamed to call artistic, and one that survives in both mainstream entertainment and niche-marketed indie cinema.
Because he sees movies so freshly and deeply he isn’t decieved by the usual categories and finds excellence and experiment in unexpected places. Nov 28, Erinn rated it really liked it. I recognize my journeys in his work and I learn about many other ways to journey as well. Hannah rated it liked it Dec 14, By showing, often in shot-by-shot detail, how films communicate through style as much as subject and story, his book is liberating, allowing us to see precisely what films are doing, and why.
If it weren’t so overly defensive, it’d be a perfect handbook for directors. Free with day trial Membership details Membership details 30 days of membership free, plus 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals to get you started.
The resulting study is clear-eyed and comprehensive, easily the best book on the subject so far. A Certain Amount of Plot: John obrdwell it really liked it Feb 13, A well researched book containing excellent thought and good references and examples.
Bordwell throws a wrench into the ways that Hollywood cinema since the s is frequently taught and theorized, presenting a complex but clear picture that He finds the meaning in movies, instead of putting it there. Style, Plain and Fancy 4. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style in Modern Movies by David Bordwell
He also draws upon testimony from writers, directors, and editors who are acutely conscious of employing proven principles of plot and visual style.
Refresh and try again. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. More remarkable still, Bordwell pulls this off with remarkable lightness of touch. Subjective Stories and Network Narratives 4. No one else has this range, depth, sophistication or authority.
His passion for film history is evident and this book will be enjoyed by anyone who shares that same love of cinema. Open Preview See a Problem? There are no discussion topics on this book yet.