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

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  172 Ratings  ·  8 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 Perseus - Ucal Pod (first published 2006)
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Nikola Lindenberg
Feb 21, 2017 Nikola Lindenberg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Horrible. Drier than dry. It is sad that Bordwell is one of the most prolific academics on the topics of film. I wish someone else had written so much of film, and on as many different topics, but with more style and vision. Bordwell's writing style is tedious, uninspired, and arguments and theories too simplistic.

Much like in the case of The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960
The Classical Hollywood Cinema by the same author, if I wanted to read an encyclopedi
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Renato
Oct 08, 2012 Renato rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cinema, non-fiction, 2012
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
Knigel Holmes
Dec 26, 2011 Knigel Holmes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jeremy
Feb 20, 2012 Jeremy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: movies
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.
Elliot Panek
Apr 09, 2007 Elliot Panek rated it really liked it  ·  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
Aug 23, 2013 Justin Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amanda
Jan 30, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, graduate
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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