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The Classical Hollywood Cinema : Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960 - David Bordwell

The Classical Hollywood Cinema

Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960

Paperback Published: 19th February 1987
ISBN: 9780231060554
Number Of Pages: 506
For Ages: 22+ years old

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How films are conceived, planned, and produced leaves a mark upon the films, directly and structurally. The relations between film style and mode of production are, according to the authors, reciprocal and mutually influencing. The authors trace such topics as style, economics, and technology over time, demonstrating how significant changes occurrred in Hollywood from the earliest days through the sixties. -- "American Film"

"A tour de force... destined to become itself a classic in film studies and a magnificent introduction to the American cinema for a much wider audience... 'The Classical Hollywood Cinema' will surely arouse discussion and debate--how could it not, since no one who studies film at whatever level can henceforth ignore it." American Film "This brilliant achievement will not soon be surpassed. It will be the foundation for all future research in the field..." Choice

The classical Hollywood style, 1917-60
An excessively obvious cinema Story causality and motivation The Hollywood mode of production to 1930
Classical narration The formulation of the classical style, 1909-28
Time in the classical film Film style and technology to 1930 Space in the classical film The Hollywood mode of production, 1930-60
Shot and scene Film style and technology, 1930-60
The bounds of difference Historical implications of the classical Hollywood cinema
The Hollywood mode of production: its conditions of exercise Standardization and differentiation: The reinforcement and dispersion of Hollywood's practices The director system: management in the first years The director-unity system: management of multiple-unit companies after 1909 The central producer system: centralized management after 1914 The division and order of production: the subdivision of the work from the first years through the 1920s From primitive to classical The formulation of the classical narrative The continuity system Classical narrative space and the spectator's attention The stability of the classical approach after 1917 Technology, style and mode of production
Initial standardization of the basic technology
The Mazda tests of 1928 The introduction of sound
The labor-force, financing and the mode of production The producer-unit system: management by specialization after 1931 The package-unit system: unit management after 1955 Deep-focus cinematography Technicolor Widescreen processes and stereophonic sound Since 1960: the persistence of a mode of film practice Alternative modes of film practice
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ISBN: 9780231060554
ISBN-10: 0231060556
Series: King's Crown Paperback Ser.
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 506
Published: 19th February 1987
Publisher: COLUMBIA UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.89 x 19.02  x 3.07
Weight (kg): 1.22