Film Art: An Introduction

Film Art: An Introduction

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By (author) David Bordwell, By (author) Kristin Thompson

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  • Publisher: McGraw Hill Higher Education
  • Format: Mixed media product | 505 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 272mm x 22mm | 1,139g
  • Publication date: 27 November 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0071286446
  • ISBN 13: 9780071286442
  • Edition: 8, Revised
  • Edition statement: 8th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: col. ill
  • Sales rank: 110,845

Product 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 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.

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Author information

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. Kristin Thompson is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She holds a master's degree in film from the University of Iowa and a doctorate in film from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She has published Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible (Princeton University Press, 1981), Exporting Entertainment: America's Place in World Film Markets, 1907-1934 (British Film Institute, 1985), Breaking the Glass Armor: Neoformalist Film Analysis (Princeton University Press, 1988), and Wooster Proposes, Jeeves Disposes; or Le Mot Juste (James H. Heinman, 1992). In her spare time she studies Egyptology. The authors have collaborated on Film History (McGraw-Hill, 1994) with Janet Staiger, on The Classical Hollywood Cinema (Columbia University Press, 1985) and Storytelling in the New Hollywood (Harvard University Press, 1999)

Table of contents

Brief TOCPrefacePart One: Film Art and Filmmaking Chapter 1. Putting Films on Screen Part Two: Film FormChapter 2. The Significance of Film FormChapter 3. Narrative as a Formal System Part Three: Film StyleChapter 4. The Shot: Mise-en-SceneChapter 5. The Shot: CinematographyChapter 6. The Relation of Shot to Shot: EditingChapter 7. Sound in the Cinema Chapter 8. Style as a Formal System Part Four: Types of FilmsChapter 9. Film GenresChapter 10. Documentary, Experimental, and Animated Films Part Five: Critical Analysis of FilmsIntroduction: Writing a Critical Analysis of a FilmChapter 11. Sample Analyses Part Six: Film Art and Film HistoryChapter 12. Film Art and Film History