Film Art: An Introduction

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McGraw-Hill, 2004 - Film - Einführung - 532 pages
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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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It's okay, not overly interesting if you haven't seen half the movies, but it's got all the info you need for a basic film knowledge.

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Anyone with an interest in film or who likes to watch movies with an understanding of the processes that involve filmmaking, will get something from this excellent edition of a text book that has ... Read full review


PART Film Form
CHAPTER THREE Narrative as a Formal System
PART Types of Films

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David Bordwell is Jacques Ledoux Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a master's degree and a doctorate in film from the University of Iowa. His books include "The Films of Carl Theodor Dreyer" (University of California Press, 1981), "Narration in the Fiction Film" (University of Wisconsin Press, 1985), "Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema" (Princeton University Press, 1988), "Making Meaning: Inference and Rhetoric in the Interpretation of Cinema" (Harvard University Press, 1989), "The Cinema of Eisenstein" (Harvard University Press, 1993), "On the History of Film Style" (Harvard University Press, 1997), "Planet Hong Kong: Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment" (Harvard University Press, 2000), "Figures Traced in Light: On Cinematic Staging" (University of California Press, 2005), "The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style in Modern Movies" (University of California Press, 2006), and "The Poetics of Cinema" (Routledge, 2008). He has won a University Distinguished Teaching Award and was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Copenhagen. His we site is

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