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Minding Movies : Observations on the Art, Craft, and Business of Filmmaking

ISBN: 9780226066998 | 0226066991
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Pub. Date: 4/15/2011

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David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson are two of America's preeminent film scholars. You would be hard pressed to find a serious student of the cinema who hasn't spent at least a few hours huddled with their seminal introduction to the field Film Art, now in its ninth editionor a cable television junkie unaware that the Independent Film Channel sagely christened them the "Critics of the Naughts." Since launching their blog Observations on Film Artin 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 Moviespresents a selection from over three hundred essays on genre movies, art films, animation, and the business of Hollywood that have graced Bordwell and Thompson'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 Millionaireand Inglourious Basterdsto 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 essayson topics ranging from Boratto blockbusters and back againwill delight current fans and gain new enthusiasts. Serious but not solemn, vibrantly informative without condescension, and above all illuminating reading, Minding Moviesoffers ideas sure to set film lovers thinkingand keep them returning to the silver screen.


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