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Poetics of Cinema
David Bordwell
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Poetics of Cinema

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Bringing together twenty-five years of work on what he has called the "historical poetics of cinema," David Bordwell presents an extended analysis of a key question for film studies: how are films made, in particular historical contexts, in order to achieve certain effects? For Bordwell, films are made things, existing within historical contexts, and aim to create determin ...more
ebook, 512 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Routledge (first published October 19th 2007)
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This was an absolutely invaluable book for my graduate film class. I would highly recommend it for serious and detailed study, while being approachable enough for newcomers to film study. If you aren't too interested in theory, skip the intro. Bordwell takes a rigourous stylistic/cognitive approach that I wish was employed more often in the study of literature.
If you care about film, you simply gotta read it. Bordwell is the man, and - apart from in his excellent and quite regular blogging - this is the where to find the most recent version of his theories.
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