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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent study of post-classical Hollywood filmmaking, 11 Dec 2009
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I highly recommend this book for both students of film theory and for working filmmakers. It is fair, balance, well written and extremely well researched. The book is split into two sections - one covering story in post 1960 film and the other analysing directorial style during the same period.

The previous reviewer presented a very selective view on Bordwell essays. By commenting "This is a superb insight into the modern lapse into lazy film making" the reviewer completely neglects Bordwell's thoughts on story and screen-writing.

Certainly, in the second half of the book Bordwell neatly illustrates the lack of focus in modern direction, taking 'Two Week's Notice' and 'Lord Of The Rings' as examples of muddled directions. But this is an oversimplification as he also illustrates the changing tastes of modern directors. For example, he presents a comparison of the same scene in the 1968 and 1999 versions of 'The Thomas Crown Affair' highlighting the different approaches.

However, in the first section Bordwell provides a much more positive view on modern scriptwriting. His detailed analysis of `Jerry Maguire' is a fabulous case in point. Through telling the story of Cameron Crowe's journey to emulate his hero Billy Wilder and by breaking down the script's core components Bordwell shows us the complexity in some modern Hollywood fare.

To simply call the book an "insight into the modern lapse into lazy film making" is to do it a disservice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 11 Oct 2009
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This is a superb insight into the modern lapse into lazy film making. The section discussing Lord of The Rings use of reverse shots is particularly revealing.
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