Film Art An Introduction with Tutorial CD-ROM

ISBN-10: 0073310271
ISBN-13: 9780073310275
Edition: 8th 2008 (Revised)
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Description: Film is an art form with a language and an aesthetic all its own. Since 1979, David Bordwell's and Kristin Thompson's Film Art has been the best-selling and widely respected introduction to the analysis of cinema. While it continues to provide the  More...

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List price: $89.06
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Binding: Paperback
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.772
Language: English

Film is an art form with a language and an aesthetic all its own. Since 1979, David Bordwell's and Kristin Thompson's Film Art has been the best-selling and widely respected introduction to the analysis of cinema. While it continues to provide the best introduction to the fundamentals of serious film study, the eighth edition has been revised be more classroom friendly by introducing film techniques earlier in the text, followed by the chapters on Film Genres. Supported by a text-specific Tutorial CD-ROM with video clips, Film Art is automatically packaged with this outstanding student learning tool.

David Bordwell is Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Iowa. He is the author of The Films of Carl Theodor Dreyer (University California Press, 1981), Narration in the Fiction Film (University Wisconsin Press, 1985), Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema (British Film Institute/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) and Planet Hong Kong: Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment (Harvard University Press, 2000). He has won a University Distinguished Teaching Award.

Preface
Film Art and Filmmaking
Film as Art: Creativity, Technology, and Business
Film Artistry in Shadow of a Doubt
Box: A Closer Look: Picking out Patterns
Mechanics of the Movies
Illusion Machined
Making the Movie: Film Production
The Scriptwriting and Funding Phase
The Preparation Phase
Shooting Phase
The Assembly Phase
Box: A Closer Look: Some Terms and Roles in Film Production
Artistic Implications of the Production Process
Modes of Production
Large-Scale Production
Exploitation and Independent Production
Small-Scale Production
Artistic Implications of Different Modes of Production
Box: A Closer Look: Convergences: Film and Video
Bringing the Film to the Audience: Distribution and Exhibition
Distribution: The Center of Power
Exhibition: Theatrical and Nontheatrical
Box: Movies on Screen: A 2004 Profile of Theatrical Exhibition
Artistic Implications of Distribution and Exhibition
Summary
Where to Go from Here
Websites
Recommended DVDs
Recommended DVD Supplements
Film Form
The Significance of Film Form
The Concept of Form in Film
Form as System
"Form" Versus "Content"
Formal Expectations
Conventions and Experience
Form and Feeling
Form and Meaning
Evaluation
Principles of Film Form
Function
Similarity and Repetition
Difference and Variation
Development
Unity and Disunity
Summary
Where to Go from Here
Websites
Recommended DVD Supplements
Narrative as a Formal System
Principles of Narrative Construction
Plot and Story
Cause and Effect
Time
Space
Box: A Closer Look: Playing Games with Story Time
Openings, Closings, and Patterns of Development
Narration: The Flow of Story Information
Range of Story Information
Depth of Story Information
The Narrator
Summing Up Narration
The Classical Hollywood Cinema
Narrative Form in Citizen Kane
Overall Narrative Expectations in Citizen Kane
Plot and Story m Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane's Causality
Time in Citizen Kane
Motivation Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane's Parallelism
Patterns of Plot Development in Citizen Kane
Narration in Citizen Kane
Summary
Where to Go from Here
Websites
Recommended DVD Supplements
Film Style
The Shot: Mise-en-Scene
What Is Mise-en-Scene?
Aspects of Mise-en-Scene
Setting
Costume and Makeup
Lighting
Staging: Movement and Performance
Box: A Closer Look: The Film Actor's Toolkit
Putting It All Together: Mise-en-Scene in Space and Time
Space
Time
Narrative Functions of Mise-en-Scene in Our Hospitality
Summary
Where to Go from Here
Websites
Recommended DVD Supplements
The Shot: Cinematography
The Photographic Image
The Range of Tonalities
Speed of Motion
Perspective
Box-A Closer Look: From Monsters to the Mundane: Computer-Generated imagery in The Lord of the Rings
Framing
Frame Dimensions and Shape
Box: A Closer Look: Common Aspect Ratios of 35mm Film
Onscreen and Offscreen Space
Angle, Level, Height, and Distance of Framing
The Mobile Frame
Duration of the Image: The Long Take
Functions of the Long Take
The Long Take and the Mobile Frame
Summary
Where to Go from Here
Websites
Recommended DVD Supplements
The Relation of Shot to Shot: Editing
What Is Editing?
Dimensions of Film Editing
Graphic Relations Between Shot A and Shot B
Rhythmic Relations Between Shot A and Shot B
Spatial Relations Between Shot A and Shot B
Temporal Relations Between Shot A and Shot B
Continuity Editing
Spatial Continuity: The 180[Degrees] System
Continuity Editing in The Maltese Falcon
Continuity Editing: Some Fine Points
More Refinements: Crossing the Axis of Action
Crosscutting
Temporal Editing: Order, Frequency, and Duration
Box: A Closer Look: Intensified Continuity: L.A. Confidential and Contemporary Editing
Alternatives to Continuity Editing
Graphic and Rhythmic Possibilities
Spatial and Temporal Discontinuity
Functions of Discontinuity Editing: October
Summary
Where to Go from Here
Websites
Recommended DVD Supplements
Sound in the Cinema
The Powers of Sound
Fundamentals of Film Sound
Perceptual Properties
Selection, Alteration, and Combination
Dimensions of Film Sound
Rhythm
Fidelity
Space
Box: A Closer Look: Offscreen Sound and Optical Point of View: The Money Exchange in Jackie Brown
Time
Functions of Film Sound: A Man Escaped
Fontaine's Commentary
Sound Effects and Narration
Sound Motifs
Music
A Sample Sequence
Summary
Where to Go from Here
Websites
Recommended DVD Supplements
Summary: Style as a Formal System
The Concept of Style
Style and the Filmmaker
Style and the Viewer
Analyzing Film Style
Determine the Organization Structure
Identify the Salient Techniques Used
Trace Out Patterns of Techniques
Propose Functions for the Salient Techniques and the Patterns They Form
Style in Citizen Kane
Summary
Where to Go from Here
Recommended DVD Supplements
Types of Films
Film Genres
Understanding Genre
Defining a Genre
Analyzing a Genre
Genre History
Box: A Closer Look: A Contemporary Genre: The Crime Thriller
The Social Functions of Genres
Three Genres
The Western
The Horror Film
The Musical
Summary
Where to Go from Here
Websites
Recommended DVD Supplements
Documentary, Experimental, and Animated Films
Documentary
What Is a Documentary?
Types Documentary
The Boundaries Between Documentary and Fiction
Types of Form in Documentary Films
Categorical Form
Rhetorical Form
Experimental Film
Types of Form in Experimental Films
Abstract Form
Associational Form
The Animated Film
An Example of Narrative Animation: Duck Amuck
An Example of Experimental Animation: Fuji
Summary
Where to Go from Here
Websites
Recommended DVD Supplements
Critical Analysis of Films
Film Criticism: Critical Analyses
The Classical Narrative Cinema
His Girl Friday
North by Northwest
Do The Right Thing
Narrative Alternatives to Classical Filmmaking
Breathless (A Bout de Souffle)
Tokyo Story (Tokyo Monogatari)
Chungking Express (Chung Hing sam lam)
Documentary Form and Style
Man with a Movie Camera (Chelovek s kinoapparatom)
The Thin Blue Line
Form, Style, and Ideology
Meet Me in St. Louis
Raging Bull
Writing a Critical Analysis of a Film
Preparing to Write
Develop a Thesis That Your Essay Will Explain and Support
Draw Up a Segmentation of the Entire Film
Note Outstanding Instances of Film Technique
Organizing and Writing
Summary
Sample Essay: Fantasy and Reality in The King of Comedy
Where to Go from Here
Sample-Analysis Films on DVD
Film History
Film Art 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)
Impressionism
Surrealism
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
Where to Go from Here
Recommended DVDs
Recommended DVD Supplements
Glossary
Credits
Index

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