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ISBN-13: 978-0073535104 ISBN-10: 0073535109 Edition: 10th

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About the Author

Kristin Thompson is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She holds a master’s degree in film from the University of Iowa and a doctorate in film from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She has published Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible: A Neoformalist Analysis (Princeton University Press, 1981), Exporting Entertainment: America in the World Film Market 1907-1934 (British Film Institute, 1985), Breaking the Glass Armor: Neoformalist Film Analysis (Princeton University Press, 1988), Wooster Proposes, Jeeves Disposes, or, Le Mot Juste(James H. Heineman, 1992), Storytelling in the New Hollywood: Understanding Classical Narrative Technique (Harvard University Press, 1999), Storytelling in Film and Television (Harvard University Press, 2003), Herr Lubitsch Goes to Hollywood: German and American Film after World War I (Amsterdam University Press, 2005), and The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood (University of California Press, 2007).  She blogs with David at www.davidbordwell.net/blog.  She maintains her own blog, "The Frodo Franchise," at www.kristinthompson.net/blog.  In her spare time she studies Egyptology.

David Bordwell is Jacques Ledoux Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He  holds a master's degree and a doctorate in film from the University of Iowa.  His books include The Films of Carl Theodor Dreyer (University of California Press, 1981), Narration in the Fiction Film (University of Wisconsin Press, 1985), Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema (Princeton University Press, 1988), Making Meaning: Inference and Rhetoric in the Interpretation of Cinema (Harvard University Press, 1989), The Cinema of Eisenstein (Harvard University Press, 1993), On the History of Film Style (Harvard University Press, 1997), Planet Hong Kong: Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment (Harvard University Press, 2000), Figures Traced in Light: On Cinematic Staging (University of California Press, 2005), The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style in Modern Movies (University of California Press, 2006), and The Poetics of Cinema (Routledge, 2008).  He has won a University Distinguished Teaching Award and was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Copenhagen.  His we site is www.davidbordwell.net.
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  • Series: Film Art: An Introduction
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 10 edition (July 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0073535109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073535104
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Bordwell is Jacques Ledoux Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a master's degree and a doctorate in film from the University of Iowa. His books include The Films of Carl Theodor Dreyer (University of California Press, 1981), Narration in the Fiction Film (University of Wisconsin Press, 1985), Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema (Princeton University Press, 1988), Making Meaning: Inference and Rhetoric in the Interpretation of Cinema (Harvard University Press, 1989), The Cinema of Eisenstein (Harvard University Press, 1993), On the History of Film Style (Harvard University Press, 1997), Planet Hong Kong: Popular Cinema and the Art of Entertainment (Harvard University Press, 2000), Figures Traced in Light: On Cinematic Staging (University of California Press, 2005), The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style in Modern Movies (University of California Press, 2006), and The Poetics of Cinema (Routledge, 2008). He has won a University Distinguished Teaching Award and was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Copenhagen. His web site is www.davidbordwell.net.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Axel Stone on February 24, 2013
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I had to get this book for college classes and if you are getting into film-making, this is definitely worth owning. It gets into details about the process of making a movie with some good examples of film that pull off these secret Hollywood techniques.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Galgano on February 14, 2013
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As a textbook, its ok, but I was mostly interested in the Criterion Collection tie-in. Card won't allow access for Self Study which makes it useless. Don't bother with this update. Get an older edition used for much cheaper.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David. on September 4, 2013
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The Connect Card doesn't work so save your money and just buy the paperback. But with the paperback you'll discover that the book's "Connect to the Blog" feature is also useless. The Connect to the Blog feature (separate from the Connect Card) allows the reader to access the author's--David Bordwell's--blog for extended discussion on an array of important film topics. The book provides various search titles to type in on the blog site for essays re those topics. But when you type in the search title on Bordwell's blog you get this response: "No post found. Try another search." (He has a lot of great articles on his site, just not the ones listed in the book.) McGraw-Hill would not want to use this text (the 10th edition) as an example of their publishing standards.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia A. Keaton on September 11, 2013
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Warning! The Kindle version of this book is a real disappointment. I got it because a friend recommended it. I got the Kindle edition because having large print makes it easier for me to read. There is no way to adjust the font size! If you need a larger size you have only two options; A) don't read the book or B) Eliminate the flow of the text. You won't be able to let your eyes read from line to line seamlessly the way you can with all other Kindle books. You will have to physically move the text from side to side. What a pain! Also you must reduce the text size before you can turn a page. Total distraction to the point that it's virtually unreadable.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eskil on October 31, 2013
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If you are into films this is surely an informative book with a lot of examples and it really goes in depth of the subject.

I do however feel that it is a difficult read as you have to go back and forth between pages to see photos of examples etc, which takes you away from the reading experience. I wish it was a smoother read that way, since I lose concentration once I have to jump back a few pages to find a picture described in the text.

Also, if you want to follow the on-line quizzes/experience you have to pay an EXTRA $40, there is no code coming with the book. We were required to do the online-thing, but was told the online code came with the book, which is not true!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mook on February 27, 2013
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The textbook is great and full of wonderful fully illustrated examples. Too bad I was not able to get the Connect Access Card to work. Worse yet, I was unable to get any help from the customer service of the books manufacturer. Their only response to my concern was to return the product for a refund. Really glad Amazon is letting me return this product since you don't know it doesn't work until you open and register it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louis Frey on September 19, 2014
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They dont include codes for the online segment, which they should because these are new books. So you have to pay an extra 50 bucks for connect online
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erin Oliver on March 9, 2015
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There is and was so much I did not know about film until this class, and this text book. I love it, I am not taking the class anymore and I did not have to read much out of the book but I read the whole thing. I absolutely recommend keeping if you plan on working in the film industry. It does blow your mind.
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