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

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  131 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Hollywood moviemaking is one of the constants of American life, but how much has it changed since the glory days of the big studios? David Bordwell argues that the principles of visual storytelling created in the studio era are alive and well, even in today's bloated blockbusters. American filmmakers have created a durable tradition-one that we should not be ashamed to cal ...more
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Published April 10th 2006 by University of California Press (first published 2006)
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Do caraças. Bordwell não partilha da opinião que mais me confunde no discurso cinéfilo, que caracteriza o cinema moderno de Hollywood como decrescendo em qualidade, mera sombra do período clássico, um monte de trampa indissociável, sem nuances, mais virado para explosões e sexo do que para a narrativa competente, homogeneizado pelo capitalismo dos grandes produtores, etc, etc. Contra aquilo que é uma forma bastante subjectiva e limitada de catalogar o cinema americano moderno, Bordwell lança arg ...more
A must-reed to understand the craft of storytelling in Hollywood.
Knigel Holmes
David Bordwell gives a great analysis of how films have crystallised the older techniques while keeping much of the same visual grammar. He challenges many common assumptions of how films are getting worse. I found this to be insightful, yet although it's not a bad thing, it can be hard to keep up if one does not know some of the film titles to which he is referring. If one has seen the films Bordwell talks about, they can get a better understand and perspective. If, however, one hasn't seen suc ...more
Interesting book on how many of the conventions of movie-making have been consistent over the past 100 or so years.

For me, the full treatment for certain scenes in movies was the most interesting: He really analyzes the story of Jerry Maguire, for example, drawing comparisons to other work; and he compares the direction of three movies with each other to show how the Directors approached a similar scene differently and how their approach changed how the viewer perceived the scene.
Jun 05, 2007 Elliot rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Would-be directors
A concise description of why new films look/feel different than old films. Combined w/ the Bordwell chapters from "The Classical Hollywood Cinema," they'd tell you all you needed to know about directing/writing a Hollywood movie. Too bad he wastes 1/3 of this book defending his argument against the popular conception that contemporary H-wood films suck. If it weren't so overly defensive, it'd be a perfect handbook for directors.
Justin Roberts
I'm now a David Bordwell fan. Bordwell offers some interesting and, at times, sweeping insights concerning the evolution of style in film, but he never fails to back it up with a deep well of cinematic references. His passion for film history is evident and this book will be enjoyed by anyone who shares that same love of cinema.
A great look at contemporary film story and style from the ever-delightful, ever-brilliant David Bordwell. Fascinating and engaging to read, as always.
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