The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style in Modern Movies

The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style in Modern Movies

David Bordwell


Hollywood moviemaking is without doubt one of the constants of yankee existence, yet how a lot has it replaced because the glory days of the massive studios? David Bordwell argues that the rules of visible storytelling created within the studio period are alive and good, even in today’s bloated blockbusters. American filmmakers have created a sturdy tradition—one that we must always no longer be ashamed to name inventive, and person who survives in either mainstream leisure and niche-marketed indie cinema. Bordwell lines the continuity of this practice in a big selection of flicks made considering that 1960, from romantic comedies like Jerry Maguire and Love truly to extra implementing efforts like A attractive Mind. He additionally attracts upon testimony from writers, administrators, and editors who're acutely aware of making use of confirmed rules of plot and visible type. in the limits of the “classical” technique, innovation can flourish. Bordwell examines how inventive filmmakers have driven the premises of the method in motion pictures similar to JFK, Memento, and Magnolia. He discusses generational, technological, and monetary components resulting in balance and alter in Hollywood cinema and contains shut analyses of chosen photographs and sequences. because it levels throughout 4 many years, reading classics like American Graffiti and The Godfather in addition to fresh good fortune like The Lord of the jewelry: the 2 Towers, this e-book presents a shiny and fascinating interpretation of ways Hollywood moviemakers have created a lively, inventive culture of cinematic storytelling that maintains to have interaction audiences round the world.

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