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Film Art: An Introduction / Edition 11

Film Art: An Introduction / Edition 11


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Film is an art form with a language and an aesthetic all its own. Since 1979, David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson and now, Co-Author, Jeff Smith's Film Art has been the best-selling and most widely respected introduction to the analysis of cinema. Taking a skills-centered approach supported by examples from many periods and countries, the authors help students develop a core set of analytical skills that will enrich their understanding of any film, in any genre. In-depth examples deepen students' appreciation for how creative choices by filmmakers affect what viewers experience and how they respond. Film Art is generously illustrated with more than 1,000 frame enlargements taken directly from completed films, providing concrete illustrations of key concepts. Along with updated examples and expanded coverage of digital filmmaking, the eleventh edition of Film Art delivers SmartBook, first and only adaptive reading experience currently available, designed to help students stay focused, maximize study time and retain basic concepts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781259534959
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 01/04/2016
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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 She maintains her own blog, "The Frodo Franchise," at 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

Table of Contents

Part 1 Film Art and Filmmaking 1. Film as Art: Creativity, Technology, and Business 2
Part 2 Film Form2. The Significance of Film Form 503. Narrative Form 72
Part 3 Film Style4. The Shot: Mise-en-Scene 1125. The Shot: Cinematography 1596. The Relation of Shot to Shot: Editing 216 7. Sound in the Cinema 2638. Summary: Style as a Formal System 303
Part 4 Types of Films9. Film Genres 32610. Documentary, Experimental, and Animated Films 350
Part 5 Critical Analysis of Films11. Film Criticism: Sample Analyses 400
Part 6 Film History12. Historical Changes in Film Art: Conventions and Choices, Tradition and Trends 452
Through McGraw-Hill Education's Create, a new chapter of Film Adaptions is available.
Film Adaptations
Writing a Critical Analysis of a Film
Additional Resources for Film Art

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