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Film Art: An Introduction [Unknown Binding]

David Bordwell , Kristin Thompson
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31 Mar 1990
This introduction to film art explains the techniques specific to film as a medium, discusses the principles by which entire films are constructed, and explores how these techniques and formal principles have changed over the history of moviemaking. Frame enlargements are used to illuminate concepts, and there is information on the latest film technology, such as the computer and special effects used in shooting "Jurassic Park". This edition includes a new chapter dealing with types of films and the concept of genre; and there is also a new section on "The New Hollywood" and independent film-making. In addition, there is a new appendix on selected Internet reference sites in film from the World Wide Web.

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  • Unknown Binding: 432 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US; 3rd Revised edition edition (31 Mar 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070064393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070064393
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 20.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 666,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book was required by the film degree I was studying a few years ago and I can now see why. The extraordinary amount of detail that has gone into this fantastic book makes it totally ideal for a course of this nature.
Not only this, buy anyone even remotely interested in any aspect film production, will undoubtedly learn something from this book.
The only down side is that some of the explanations can be a little hard to follow, especially when the correct examples are difficult to locate, but it's worth persevering!
An all round excellent textbook!
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4.0 out of 5 stars cheap and fast 19 Nov 2009
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for Beginning Media/Cinema Studies Students 3 July 2002
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Having read other articles and books by Bordwell in the past, I was not quite sure I even wanted to read the fifth edition I received a few years ago. Bordwell and Thompson are a great team, and they provide plenty of examples for each concept with a writing style which is informative without being dense.
This sixth edition improves upon the fifth edition, primarily by updating many examples to reflect more recent films. Especially interesting is the array of color plates at the center of the book, which helps to make related examples even more vivid.
I am currently using the sixth edition of Film Art in an online class, and the students also seem to really appreciate it - moreso than when I was teaching with the fifth edition several years ago. I am actually looking forward to a seventh edition in the future.
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