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Film Art: An Introduction Paperback – 1 Aug 2012

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 10 (This International Student Edition is for use outside the U.S.) edition (1 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071318313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071318310
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.7 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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About the Author

David Bordwell is Jacques Ledoux Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He  holds a master's degree and a doctorate in film from the University of Iowa.  His books include The Films of Carl Theodor Dreyer (University of California Press, 1981), Narration in the Fiction Film (University of Wisconsin Press, 1985), Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema (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), Planet Hong Kong: Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment (Harvard University Press, 2000), Figures Traced in Light: On Cinematic Staging (University of California Press, 2005), The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style in Modern Movies (University of California Press, 2006), and The Poetics of Cinema (Routledge, 2008).  He has won a University Distinguished Teaching Award and was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Copenhagen.  His we site is www.davidbordwell.net.

Kristin Thompson è membro onorario del Dipartimento di Arti e Comunicazione dell'Università di Wisconsin-Madison. Ha pubblicato, tra gli altri, Exporting Entertainment: America's Place in Word Film Markets, 1901-1934 (1985), Storytelling in the New Hollywood: Understanding Classical Narrative Technique (1999), Herr Lubitsch Goes to Hollywood: German and American Film after World War I (2005).

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Great book. David Bordwell is a superb writer. I have been looking forward to this for a while. Thank you!
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If you are planning to buy the last edition of this book because of the access the connect card will give you to the Criterion Collection clips plus all the online assignments, quizzes and practice tests... Be warned: they don't work as self study, even if the book brings the card with a 'reveal access code' and the special link to 'self study'. I believe it's a bit of a fraud and does not honour Mc Graw Hill's commercial fairness. Why do you sell something and do not provide the service? Only answer on McGraw website is: "Self-Study is not enabled for this ISBN". Several similar complains on amazon.com by US customers prove that this it's not just a matter of IP rights outside the US.

I bought this book through amazon.com because the last new edition was not available in the UK some months ago. I was hoping to get the more up-to-date edition with Connect Film: the 'groundbreaking integrated digital program [that] uses extensive clips from the Criterion Collection and interactive assessments'... Connect Film only breaks your pocket. Do not spend an absurd amount of money on the 10th Edition. Buy yourself an older edition of this excellent book, new or used, for a fraction of the price.
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If you are, then this book is essentail. Im actually studyin for a post production, and needed a backing to film, its history and varying processes. this book will guide you from how a scene is actually put onto film stock, through to projection, with great detail into mise-en-scene, editing, cinematography, movements in film style etc. also comes with an interactive cd which allows you to watch clips of case studies from the chapters. the cd also gives you a quiz on each chapter and scores you on your knowledge, while giving you brief summaries of each chapters content. really good read, 500 pages longs so may take a while to get through but really does cover what you need to know to get into the field. it gives numerous references at the end of each chapter so you can more into detail about what you find interesting or you think you need more detail on. all in all, great read and deserving of 5 stars.
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Okay so I started University back in September and I'm studying Film. My seminar teacher was very vocal about students getting this book as opposed to borrowing it from the library seeing that it won't always be available.

I ended up buying the book despite the high cost of 40 pounds -- do I regret it? Absolutely not!

The book is quite thick and is packed with all the topics you are going to be covering in your Film course, assuming you are using this for your course. Even if you're buying this for another reason, the book is filled with information from mise-en-scene, cinematography, film form, lots and lots and lots of examples with screenshots and images from films such as Avatar that explains how CGI works in those films to motion capture and so much more.

It even recommends you which films to watch in every topic you read. So if I was looking at lighting, it would recommend me to watch a specific film and shows me images that explain the topic more to the knowledge of understanding. I absolutely love this book!

It has helped me so much to engage with students during seminars and talk with my seminar leader about things I'm curious to talk about. Yes, the book is expensive but it's AH-mazing! I absolutely love it and seeing that my course is three years long, it's going to benefit me and shape me to become the film director I'm aspiring to become. :)

Sidenote: In this book, you'll also learn more about directors, actors, settings, shooting a movie, behind the scenes of how stuff comes together like Lord of the Rings and their incredible use of computer generated motion techniques, etc. I can't praise this book enough.

Hope my review will convince at least somebody out there that you get what you pay for. :)
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This is your one stop book for anything to do with film - how they're made to how we understand them.

Hugely illustrated with endless references to films both popular and obscure.

The associated website is excellent too.

Another book that encourages as much as it challenges.
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essential reading for a Film studies University course I bought this for my son as recommended by the course, he said that it is 4 stars
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Comprehensive if a little academic in style - great pity they advertise use of the website but it is not available to UK customers
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