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

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

David Bordwell


Hollywood moviemaking is likely one of the constants of yankee existence, yet how a lot has it replaced because the glory days of the massive studios? David Bordwell argues that the rules of visible storytelling created within the studio period are alive and good, even in today’s bloated blockbusters. American filmmakers have created a sturdy tradition—one that we should always no longer be ashamed to name inventive, and one who survives in either mainstream leisure and niche-marketed indie cinema. Bordwell strains the continuity of this practice in a big selection of movies made seeing that 1960, from romantic comedies like Jerry Maguire and Love really to extra implementing efforts like A attractive Mind. He additionally attracts upon testimony from writers, administrators, and editors who're acutely aware of utilising confirmed rules of plot and visible kind. in the limits of the “classical” method, innovation can flourish. Bordwell examines how imaginitive filmmakers have driven the premises of the approach in movies similar to JFK, Memento, and Magnolia. He discusses generational, technological, and financial elements resulting in balance and alter in Hollywood cinema and contains shut analyses of chosen pictures and sequences. because it levels throughout 4 many years, interpreting classics like American Graffiti and The Godfather in addition to fresh good fortune like The Lord of the jewelry: the 2 Towers, this publication presents a bright and interesting interpretation of ways Hollywood moviemakers have created a energetic, ingenious culture of cinematic storytelling that keeps to interact audiences round the world.

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