Minding Movies

Minding Movies

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David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson are two of Americaa€™s preeminent film scholars. You would be hard pressed to find a serious student of the cinema who hasna€™t spent at least a few hours huddled with their seminal introduction to the fielda€”Film Art, now in its ninth editiona€”or a cable television junkie unaware that the Independent Film Channel sagely christened them the a€œCritics of the Naughts.a€ Since launching their blog Observations on Film Art in 2006, the two have added web virtuosos to their growing list of accolades, pitching unconventional long-form pieces engaged with film artistry that have helped to redefine cinematic storytelling for a new age and audience. Minding Movies presents a selection from over three hundred essays on genre movies, art films, animation, and the business of Hollywood that have graced Bordwell and Thompsona€™s blog. Informal pieces, conversational in tone but grounded in three decades of authoritative research, the essays gathered here range from in-depth analyses of individual films such as Slumdog Millionaire and Inglourious Basterds to adjustments of Hollywood media claims and forays into cinematic humor. For Bordwell and Thompson, the most fruitful place to begin is how movies are made, how they work, and how they work on us. Written for film lovers, these essaysa€”on topics ranging from Borat to blockbusters and back againa€”will delight current fans and gain new enthusiasts. Serious but not solemn, vibrantly informative without condescension, and above all illuminating reading, Minding Movies offers ideas sure to set film lovers thinkinga€”and keep them returning to the silver screen.... prestige this year. a€œFilms by foreigners such as a#39;Babel, a#39; a#39;The Queena#39; and a#39;Volvera#39; that make little at the box office ... The Departed, an American genre film, did, and its much-respected Hollywood director finally got an Oscar as best director.

Title:Minding Movies
Author:David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2011-04-15


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