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Film Art

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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 most respected introduction to the analysis of cinema. While continuing to provide the best introduction to the fundamentals of serious film study, the seventh edition has been extensively re-designed in full color greatly enhancing the text's visual appeal and overall accessibility to today's students. Throughout the text, all images presented are frame enlargements as opposed to production stills or advertising photos. Supported by a text-specific CD-ROM with video clips, an Instructor's Manual, and text-specific website, Film Art can also be packaged with the award-winning Film, Form, and Culture CD-ROM.

... "Film Art" is divided into five main sections: (I) Types of Filmmaking, Types of Films" covers how films are produced and the basic types/genres of films. (II) "Film Form" examines both narrative and nonnarrative formal systems in film, using "Citizen Kane" as a case study for narrative form. (III) "Film Style" is the main section of the textbook, dealing with the shot in terms of both mise-en-scene and cinematography, how editing relates shot to shot, and the function of sound. This section concludes with an analysis of film style in five diverse films. (IV) "Critical Analysis of Film" provides four distinct critical frames of reference and analysis of various films: Classical Narrative Cinema in "His Girl Friday," "North by Northwest" and "Do The Right Thing"; Narrative Alternatives to Classical Filmmaking in "Breathless" and "Tokyo Story"; Documentary Form in "High School" and "Man with a Movie Camera"; and From, Style and Ideology in "Meet Me in St. Louis" and "Raging Bull" (and if that last combination does not give you an indication of the breadth of the examples used by Bordwell and Thompson, nothing will). The textbook concludes with a bibliography, glossary and list of helpful websites.
There are two major strengths to this textbook. First, its complete coverage of cinematic concepts. I think that everyone learns how to "read" a film, but the vast majority of people would not know that the baptism sequence in "The Godfather" is a prime example of "American montage." You read this textbook and you will become aware of things you already understood on a more abstract level. Additionally, they do not stop at first or second level terms, but get into the absolute nuts and bolts of cinema. Second, the use of specific examples from numerous films to demonstrate these concepts. Unless you have a film textbook that has a CD-Rom with miniature film clips, you cannot find one superior to what Bordwell and Thompson offer up here. Furthermore, their use of examples clearly demonstrates their formidable knowledge of the field. The only downside to using this textbook in your film class is that you might have a problem convincing your students you know half as much as this pair."

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Summary

Review Part I (bring "Amadeus" in class?)

Language of pix and visual narrative. The syntax of film -- its systematic arrangement -- orders of these rules and indicates relationships among them. (172)

Questions

What do we call "exposition"? What do we need to establish during the exposition? Hamlet and Chaplin examples.

Genre and style (use semio pages).

Homework

Must submit 200 words on Hamlet and Chaplin.

First Test in Part I subdirectory.

Notes

"Film is what you can't imagine." How do you understand this statement?
Most of the time I have to spend on Part 3 and 4 in the textbook (2005)!

Film Analysis: A Norton Reader Jeffrey Geiger, University of Essex (Ed.) R. L. Rutsky, San Francisco State University (Ed.) 0-393-97983-0 • paper • 750 pages • 2005
Film Analysis: A Norton Reader offers concise analyses—each written exclusively for this text by a leading scholar—of forty-four diverse, historically significant films. Written with undergraduate readers in mind, these essays cover the central issues raised in today’s cinema courses and provide students with practical models to help them improve their own writing and film-analysis skills. Film Analysis also includes a helpful introduction and an extensive glossary.

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Film Art: An Introduction (Paperback)

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David Bordwell, University of Wisconsin, Madison & Kristin Thompson, University of Wisconsin, Madison
ISBN: 0072484551 [Copyright year: 2004]

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Part One: Film Production, Distribution, and Exhibition

Chapter One - Film Production, Distribution, and Exhibition
Mechanics of the Movies
Bringing the Film to the Spectator
Box: Independent Production and Mainstream Hollywood: The Case of Good
Machine
Making the Movie: Film Production
Modes of Production

Part Two: Film Form

Chapter Two - The Significance of Film Form
The Concept of Form in Film
Principles of Film Form

Chapter Three - Narrative as a Formal System
Principles of Narrative Construction
Box: Playing Games with Story Time
Narration: The Flow of Story Information
The Classical Hollywood Cinema
Narrative Form in Citizen Kane

Part Three: Types of Films

Chapter Four - Film Genres
Understanding Genre
Box: A Contemporary Genre: The Crime Thriller
Three Genres

Chapter Five - Documentary, Experimental, and Animated Films
Documentary
Experimental Film
The Animated Film

Part Four: Film Style

Chapter Six - The Shot: Mise-en-Scene
What Is Mise-en-Scene?
Realism
The Film Actor's Tool Kit
The Power of Mise-en-Scene
Aspects of Mise-en-Scene
Box: The Film Actor's Tool Kit
Putting It All Together: Mise-en-Scene in Space and Time
Narrative Function of Mise-en-Scene: Our Hospitality

Chapter Seven - The Shot: Cinematography
The Photographic Image
Box: From Monsters to the Mundane: Computer-Generated Imagery in The Lord of the Rings
Framing
Duration of the Image: The Long Take

Chapter Eight - The Relation of Shot to Shot: Editing
What Editing Is
Dimensions of Film Editing
Continuity Editing
Box: Intensified Continuity: L.A. Confidential and Contemporary Editing
Alternatives to Continuity Editing

Chapter Nine - Sound in the Cinema
The Powers of Sound
Fundamentals of Film Sound
Dimensions of Film Sound
Box: Rhythm on Two Tracks: A Dance of Death in The Last of the Mohicans
Functions of Film Sound: A Man Escaped

Chapter Ten - Style as a Formal System
The Concept of Style
Analyzing Film Style
Style in Citizen Kane
Style in Gap-Toothed Women
Style in The River
Style in Ballet Mecanique
Style in A Movie

Part Five: Critical Analysis of Films

Chapter Eleven - Film Criticism: Sample Analyses
The Classical Narrative Cinema
Narrative Alternatives to Classical Filmmaking
Documentary Form and Style
Form, Style, and Ideology

Part Six: Film History

Chapter Twelve - Film Form 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)
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] * Bibliography for Chapter Twelve
Glossary Credits Index

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