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Minding Movies Observations on the Art, Craft, and Business of Filmmaking

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ISBN-10: 0226066991

ISBN-13: 9780226066998

Edition: 2011

Authors: David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson

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David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson are two of America's preeminent film scholars. You would be hard pressed to find a serious student of the cinema who hasn't spent at least a few hours huddled with their seminal introduction to the field Film Art, now in its ninth editionor a cable television junkie unaware that the Independent Film Channel sagely christened them the "Critics of the Naughts." Since launching their blog Observations on Film Artin 2006, the two have added web virtuosos to their growing list of accolades, pitching unconventional long-form pieces engaged with film artistry that have helped to redefine cinematic storytelling for a new age and audience. Minding Moviespresents a selection from over three hundred essays on genre movies, art films, animation, and the business of Hollywood that have graced Bordwell and Thompson's blog. Informal pieces, conversational in tone but grounded in three decades of authoritative research, the essays gathered here range from in-depth analyses of individual films such as Slumdog Millionaireand Inglourious Basterdsto adjustments of Hollywood media claims and forays into cinematic humor. For Bordwell and Thompson, the most fruitful place to begin is how movies are made, how they work, and how they work on us. Written for film lovers, these essayson topics ranging from Boratto blockbusters and back againwill delight current fans and gain new enthusiasts. Serious but not solemn, vibrantly informative without condescension, and above all illuminating reading, Minding Moviesoffers ideas sure to set film lovers thinkingand keep them returning to the silver screen.
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Business
World Rejects Hollywood Blockbusters!?
Live with It! There'll Always Be Movie Sequels. Good Thing, Too.
Superheroes for Sale
What Won the Weekend? Or, How to Understand Box-Office Figures
Snakes, No; Borat, Yes: Not All Internet Publicity Is the Same
Don't Knock the Blockbusters
Writing About Movies
In Critical Condition
Love Isn't All You Need
Do Filmmakers Deserve the Last Word?
Crix Nix Variety's Tics
Film as Art
But What Kind of Art?
This Is Your Brain on Movies, Maybe
Movies Still Matter
Storytelling and Style
Anatomy of the Action Picture
Times Go by Turns
Grandmaster Flashback
Originality and Origin Stories
Good Actors Spell Good Acting
By Annie Standards
Unsteadicam Chronicles
Pausing and Chortling: A Tribute to Bob Clampett
Films
A Behemoth from the Dead Zone
Cronenberg's Violent Reversals
The Movie Looks Back at Us
Lessons from Babel
Slumdogged by the Past
Rat Rapture
A Welcome Basterdization
Into the Future
New Media and Old Storytelling
The Celestial Multiplex
Take My Film, Please
Index