On the history of film style /

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Author / Creator:Bordwell, David.
Imprint:Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997.
Description:x, 322 p. : ill. 25 cm.
Language:English
Subject:Motion pictures -- Aesthetics.
Motion pictures -- Historiography.
Motion pictures -- Aesthetics.
Motion pictures -- Historiography.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/2909168
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ISBN:0674634284 (cloth : alk. paper)
0674634292 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. [273]-314) and index.
Review by Choice Review

Prospective readers of Bordwell's new book should note the preposition "on" in its title, because the author does not offer a comprehensive account of the evolution of film style. Rather, this superb, insightful synthesis critiques the dozen or so major approaches to the cinema's stylistic development. Bordwell (Univ. of Wisconsin) assesses what he calls the "Standard Version of the Basic Story," covering notable early historians such as Bardeche and Brasillach and Georges Sadoul, along with Bazin's more "dialectical" scheme, Noel Burch's modernist and "materialist" revisionism, and the fruit of more recent academic research programs into early cinema. In the final chapter, he gives a reading of the articulation of depth in cinema as an illustration of how one might begin to rewrite the history of film style. Although he sketched much of what is recounted here in his excellent Film History, coauthored with Kristin Thompson (1994), and in his specialized studies of Eisenstein, Dreyer, Ozu, and film narration, Bordwell here significantly refines and fills in the contours of his earlier claims. The new volume has all the familiar Bordwell virtues: enviably clear prose, copious documentation, superbly chosen film stills that concretely illustrate salient points, and keen, intelligent polemics. A pioneering study highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates, graduates, and faculty. S. Liebman CUNY Graduate School and University Center

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Review by Library Journal Review

Here, Bordwell (The Cinema of Eisenstein, LJ 10/15/93) refutes condemnations that the study of film style is "empiricist," "formalist," or prey to the fantasy of a "grand narrative." He explains how film scholars have tried to codify stylistic continuity and change over the past 80 years. Beginning with the "Standard Version" of stylistic history as espoused by Robert Brasillach and Maurice Bardeche, he moves on to treat Andre Bazin, Noel Burch, and more recent research programs. In so doing, Bordwell discusses classics like Hiroshima mon amour (1959) and popular contemporary works like The Hunt for Red October (1990). Liberally illustrated with frame enlargements, the book is informative, provocative, and recommended for all libraries.‘Neal Baker, Ball State Univ., Muncie, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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