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by Janet Staiger,David Bordwell

ISBN: 0415003830
ISBN13: 978-0415003834
Language: English
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (July 30, 1998)
Pages: 652
Category: Humanities
Subategory: Other

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The Classical Hollywood . .has been added to your Basket. By clarifying exactly what the Hollywood style is, this book has changed some of the ways I watch cinema.

The Classical Hollywood . Bordwell and his colleagues show how economic, technical and cultural factors joined to create what they call the classical Hollywood movie. They define that form as emphasizing continuity of character, time and location, all tied together by cause and effect. The Hollywood movie hews close to the Aristotelian dictum that nothing should be in the presentation that does not further the narrative. The reference to the philosopher is mine, not the authors.

Home Browse Books Book details, The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style &. Yet another treatment of the subject requires some justification. This book is an examination of Hollywood cinema as a distinct artistic and economic phenomenon

Home Browse Books Book details, The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style &. The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style & Mode of Production to 1960. This book is an examination of Hollywood cinema as a distinct artistic and economic phenomenon. We will look at American studio filmmaking much as an art historian would trace the stylistic traits and business transactions of Parisian academic painting in the nineteenth century, or as a historian of music would examine the aesthetic and economic forces involved in the development of Viennese classicism.

David Bordwell, Janet Staiger, and Kristin Thompson. This is a look back at a book that we wrote in the early 1980s and that was published in 1985. For more on the book, and our rationale for posting this essay, see the blog entry here. Some background The Classical Hollywood Cinema went through two major phases of development. Kristin and David had been thinking about a project on Hollywood film style for a while. Janet, who had for a seminar with Douglas Gomery written a paper on early screenwriting and division of labor, joined them in the runup to her Ph. D. comprehensive examinations in spring of 1979.

In The Classical Hollywood Cinema, she and her co-authors pointed out that they were not covering exhibition . In these books and articles, Staiger has examined how we understand interpretations produced by everyday audiences

In The Classical Hollywood Cinema, she and her co-authors pointed out that they were not covering exhibition and reception of these films by their everyday audiences. However, that problem intrigued Staiger. In these books and articles, Staiger has examined how we understand interpretations produced by everyday audiences. Trying to stress contextual factors and social identities (sex, gender, race, sexuality, age), she focused on normal and unusual audience responses (. underground movies being used for community-building, images being collected and preserved for remembering movies, men crying at James Bond films).

Acclaimed for their breakthrough approach, Bordwell, Staiger and Thompson analyze the basic conditions of American film-making as a historical institution and consider to what extent Hollywood film production constitutes a systematic enterprise, in both its style and its business.

Acclaimed for their breakthrough approach, Bordwell, Staiger and Thompson analyze the basic conditions of American film-making as a historical institution and consider to what extent Hollywood film production constitutes a systematic enterprise, in both its style and its business operations.

Nigel Andrews Financial Times Acclaimed for their breakthrough approach, Bordwell, Staiger and Thompson analyze the basic conditions of American film-making as a historical institution and consider to what extent Hollywood film production constitutes a systematic enterprise, in both its style and its business operations.

David Bordwell, Janet Staiger, Kristin Thompson. A dense, challenging and important book. Philip French Observer. At the very least, this blockbuster is probably the best single volume history of Hollywood we're likely to get. At the very least, this blockbuster is probably the best single volume history of Hollywood we're likely to get for a very long time. Paul Kerr City Limits. Persuasively argued, the book is also packed with facts, figures and photographs. Nigel Andrews Financial Times

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The Classical Hollywood Cinema book. Details (if other): Cancel. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960.

by Kristin Thompson, David Bordwell, Janet Staiger. What this book does is to study the classical years- The classical narrative and how the system, style and people made together these classical movies.

'A dense, challenging and important book.' Philip French Observer

'At the very least, this blockbuster is probably the best single volume history of Hollywood we're likely to get for a very long time.' Paul Kerr City Limits

'Persuasively argued, the book is also packed with facts, figures and photographs.' Nigel Andrews Financial Times

Acclaimed for their breakthrough approach, Bordwell, Staiger and Thompson analyze the basic conditions of American film-making as a historical institution and consider to what extent Hollywood film production constitutes a systematic enterprise, in both its style and its business operations.

Despite differences of director, genre or studio, most Hollywood films operate within a set of shared assumptions about how a film should look and sound. Such assumptions are neither natural nor inevitable; but because classical-style films have been the type most widely seen, they have come to be accepted as the 'norm' of film-making and viewing.

The authors show how these classical conventions were formulated and standardized, and how they responded to the arrival of sound, colour, widescreen ratios and stereophonic sound. They argue that each new technological development has served a function within an existing narrational system.

The authors also examine how the Hollywood cinema standardized the film-making process itself. They describe how, over the course of its history, Hollywood developed distinct modes of production in a constant search for maximum efficiency, predictability and novelty.

Set apart by its combination of theoretical analysis and empirical evidence, this book is the standard work on the classical Hollywood cinema style of film-making from the silent era to the 1960s. Now available in paperback, it is a 'must' for film students, lecturers and all those seriously interested in the development of the film industry.

Comments:
Cordalas
It’s a surprise to find that a textbook more than thirty years old is not only still relevant, but also a pleasure to read.

Bordwell and his colleagues show how economic, technical and cultural factors joined to create what they call the classical Hollywood movie. They define that form as emphasizing continuity of character, time and location, all tied together by cause and effect. The Hollywood movie hews close to the Aristotelian dictum that nothing should be in the presentation that does not further the narrative. (The reference to the philosopher is mine, not the authors.) The book is beautifully written with logically and clearly developed analyses to show how the authors reached their conclusions
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To insure that they were not just taking the “big” movies as indicative of the Hollywood style, the authors almost randomly selected 100 movies from a list of almost 30,000 made between 1915 and 1960. (I say almost because certain movies were excluded either because they were not made in the United States or because prints were not available.) At first I was skeptical of using this kind of statistical method, but I soon relented. The authors were able to show the similarities between below “B” movies and what we now call blockbusters.

I was a bit disappointed at first that the period covered ended in 1960 before the advent of steadicams, Dolby sound and non-linear editors. Yet the discussion of how the introduction of tungsten lighting, sound and new screen ratios changed the Hollywood movie while the basic form still survived made it easy to infer how these later developments changed movies while enabling the same movies to keep to the classical form.

The book deals not just with technical change but also with phenomenon that effected movie aesthetics like the move from the studio system to the independent producer system, the union structure of the work force, and even a publication like “American Cinematographer” (The magazine of the American Society of Cinematographers).

The book has two sections of smallish black and white illustrations. I recommend a second bookmark at these images to ease flipping back and forth.

Many students of cinema have heard how Gregg Toland used deep focus to create the look and art of Citizen Kane, yet the authors call attention to the fact that other cinematographers of the time were using deep focus; that Toland was criticized by his peers for the fancy camera work; and that in later years Toland moved away from the more extreme forms of the technique.

By clarifying exactly what the Hollywood style is, this book has changed some of the ways I watch cinema. Deeper awareness of the classical model has not only allowed me to more critically watch Hollywood movies, but has also led me to distinguish how art movies, European movies, and experimental movies differ from the Hollywood model.

nailer
If you love classic cinema you will enjoy this text. Great images and information on the origins of cinema through the end of the Golden Age.

Gavirim
Got this book for a film class I was taking in college. It provided me with what I needed, at the best price online.

Kekinos
I love old movies. They have some kind of magic that sadly I can't find in movies today. What this book does is to study the classical years- The classical narrative and how the system, style and people made together these classical movies. The starting point of this book is that almost all of the movies from 1917 to 1960 have the same elements, the same style- the style that today we all referring to when we think of hollywood- the way the story goes, the technical making (filming, editing) that tries to stay unseen and more. The authors choose 100 films from these years,almost all of them are not famous ones or films that made special impact, but films that were made out of the system. Out of these films they show the reader how the hollywood style make us blind to the technical elements and to the similarity of them- because although the norms changed all the time by films that broke the old norms- they all have similar basis. This book is very interesting and I recommend it to everyone who wants to learn more about classical hollywood from the films themselves. The only complaint I have (and it's refering to the edition I read, which is from 1985)) is that the pages are divided to columns and it makes the reading a little uneasy, but still worth the reading.

Nuadador
Probably the only book of this sort; ambitious as it is informative, well written and wide in the scope of research; a true classic in the field of cinema history...
Obligatory reading for all who want to understand, study or write about American cinema; BOTH classical and contemporary, the book is also useful to other students of cinema...

Xellerlu
This is the quintessential history of Hollywood at its peak.

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