Narration in the Fiction Film

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1985 - Performing Arts - 370 pages
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Most films tell tales, but what does that involve? How do motion pictures tease us into building what we all agree to call stories? In this study, David Bordwell offers the first comprehensive account of how movies use fundamental principles of narrative representation, unique features of the film medium, and diverse story-telling patterns to construct their fictional narratives. The result is a pioneering, far-reaching work which will change the way we perceive narrative film—and which every serious film scholar, student or fan will welcome.

“This book is of crucial importance to film specialists. I cannot think that any film teacher/scholar would miss reading this work.”—Don Fredricksen, Cornell University

“David Bordwell’s Narration in the Fiction Film is a major contribution to film studies and to narrative theory. The work, I predict, will be widely read, praised, debated, and damned. Brodwell’s originality lies not so much in demonstrating the deficiencies of other theories, which he does very convincingly, but in the scope and design of his project, against which there is no competition of comparable intellectual weight.”—Jerry Carlson, DePaul University

 

  

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User Review  - Klay Kubiak - Goodreads

Film narratology has become, for me, the most intriguing aspect of cinema studies. Bordwell is the godfather of the subject, and this text is an essential gateway. Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

Perhaps it's my mood, but man, this book is tedious. I'm interested in the subject matter, but I find that Bordwell's insistence on the cognitivist approach gets a little tiring. Still, I appreciate the effort to challenge the methodologies that consider cinema in terms of linguistic categories. Read full review

Contents

Some Theories of Narration
1
Diegetic Theories of Narration
16
Narration and Film Form
27
Principles of Narration
48
Sin Murder and Narration
63
Narration and Space
99
Historical Modes of Narration
147
The Hollywood Example
156
ArtCinema Narration
205
Parametric Narration
274
Godard and Narration
311
Notes
339
Photo Credits
358
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About the author (1985)

David Bordwell is the Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His books include Post-Theory, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press, Making Meaning, The Cinema of Eisenstein, The Classical Hollywood Cinema, and many others.

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