Way Hollywood Tells It Story and Style in Modern Movies

ISBN-10: 0520246225
ISBN-13: 9780520246225
Edition: 2006
Authors: David Bordwell
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Hollywood moviemaking is one of the constants of American life, but how much has it changed since the glory days of the big studios? David Bordwell argues that the principles of visual storytelling created in the studio era are alive and well, even in today's bloated blockbusters. 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. Bordwell traces the continuity of this tradition in a wide array of films made since 1960, from romantic comedies likeJerry MaguireandLove Actuallyto more imposing efforts likeA Beautiful Mind. He also draws upon testimony from writers, directors, and editors who are acutely conscious of employing proven principles of plot and visual style. Within the limits of the "classical" approach, innovation can flourish. Bordwell examines how imaginative filmmakers have pushed the premises of the system in films such asJFK, Memento,andMagnolia. He discusses generational, technological, and economic factors leading to stability and change in Hollywood cinema and includes close analyses of selected shots and sequences. As it ranges across four decades, examining classics likeAmerican GraffitiandThe Godfatheras well as recent success likeThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, this book provides a vivid and engaging interpretation of how Hollywood moviemakers have created a vigorous, resourceful tradition of cinematic storytelling that continues to engage audiences around the world.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Beyond the Blockbuster
A Real Story
Continuing Tradition, by Any Means Necessary
Pushing the Premises
Subjective Stories and Network Narratives
A Certain Amount of Plot: Tentpoles, Locomotives, Blockbusters, Megapictures, and the Action Movie
A Stylish Style
Intensified Continuity: Four Dimensions
Some Likely Sources
Style, Plain and Fancy
What's Missing?
A Hollywood Timeline, 1960-2004
Notes
Index

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