Storytelling in the New Hollywood

Drawing on a wide range of films from the 1920s to the 1990s--from Keaton's Our Hospitality to Casablanca to Terminator 2, Kristin Thompson offers the first in-depth analysis of Hollywood's storytelling techniques and how they are used to ...

Author: Kristin Thompson

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674839757

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 398

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Drawing on a wide range of films from the 1920s to the 1990s--from Keaton's Our Hospitality to Casablanca to Terminator 2, Kristin Thompson offers the first in-depth analysis of Hollywood's storytelling techniques and how they are used to make complex, easily comprehensible, entertaining films.

Film Art An Introduction

Along with updated examples and expanded coverage of digital filmmaking, the tenth edition also offers Connect for Film Art, a digital solution that includes multimedia tutorials along with web-based assignment and assessment tools.

Author: Kristin Thompson

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 0073535109

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 544

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Film is an art form with a language and an aesthetic all its own. Since 1979, David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson'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 tenth edition also offers Connect for Film Art, a digital solution that includes multimedia tutorials along with web-based assignment and assessment tools.

Robert Altman and the Elaboration of Hollywood Storytelling

44 While acknowledging that New Hollywood filmmakers “sometimes flaunt the act of narration” and “[imitate] the look of European art films,” the authors propose that this has not constituted “simple copying” of art cinema.

Author: Mark Minett

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780197523827

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 392

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Robert Altman and the Elaboration of Hollywood Storytelling reveals an Altman barely glimpsed in previous critical accounts of the filmmaker. This re-examination of his seminal work during the "Hollywood Renaissance" or "New Hollywood" period of the early 1970s (including M*A*S*H, Brewster McCloud, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Images, The Long Goodbye, Thieves Like Us, California Split, and Nashville) sheds new light on both the films and the filmmaker, reframing Altman as a complex, pragmatic innovator whose work exceeds, but is also grounded in, the norms of classical Hollywood storytelling rather than someone who rejected those norms in favor of modernist art cinema. Its findings and approach hold important implications for the study of cinematic authorship. Largely avoiding thematic exegesis, it employs an historical poetics approach, robust functionalist frameworks, archival research, and formal and statistical analysis to demystify the essential features of the standard account of Altman's filmmaking history and profile-lax narrative form, heavy reliance on the zoom, sound design replete with overlapping dialogue, improvisational infidelity to the screenplay, and a desire to subvert based in his time in the training grounds of industrial filmmaking and filmed television. The book provides a clear example of how a filmmaker might work collaboratively and pragmatically within and across media institutions to elaborate upon their sanctioned practices and aims. We misunderstand Altman's work, and the creative work of Hollywood filmmakers in general, when we insist on describing innovation as opposition to institutional norms and on describing those norms as simply assimilating innovation.

Film History An Introduction

This book introduce the history of film as it is presently conceived, written, and taught by its most accomplished scholars. However, this book is not a distillation of everything that is known about film history.

Author: Kristin Thompson

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities Social

ISBN: STANFORD:36105133235429

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 780

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This book introduce the history of film as it is presently conceived, written, and taught by its most accomplished scholars. However, this book is not a distillation of everything that is known about film history.

Connection

The power and importance of storytelling is now widely accepted, but this book goes further to focus on storymaking.

Author: Randy Olson

Publisher:

ISBN: 0615872387

Category: Critical thinking

Page: 284

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The power and importance of storytelling is now widely accepted, but this book goes further to focus on storymaking. CONNECTION brings together a former scientist, a story consultant, and an improv actor to give you the critical thinking of science combined with a century of Hollywood knowledge in the creation and shaping of stories. The material is relevant to lawyers, politicians, public health workers, educators, activists-- everyone. In today's "Twitterfied" world, CONNECTION provides the narrative tools for effective communication.

Robert Altman and the Elaboration of Hollywood Storytelling

The book provides a clear example of how a filmmaker might work collaboratively and pragmatically within and across media institutions to elaborate upon their sanctioned practices and aims.

Author: Mark Minett

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0197523838

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

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Robert Altman and the Elaboration of Hollywood Storytelling reveals an Altman barely glimpsed in previous critical accounts of the filmmaker. This re-examination of his seminal work during the "Hollywood Renaissance" or "New Hollywood" period of the early 1970s (including M*A*S*H, Brewster McCloud, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Images, The Long Goodbye, Thieves Like Us, California Split, and Nashville) sheds new light on both the films and the filmmaker, reframing Altman as a complex, pragmatic innovator whose work exceeds, but is also grounded in, the norms of classical Hollywood storytelling rather than someone who rejected those norms in favor of modernist art cinema. Its findings and approach hold important implications for the study of cinematic authorship. Largely avoiding thematic exegesis, it employs an historical poetics approach, robust functionalist frameworks, archival research, and formal and statistical analysis to demystify the essential features of the standard account of Altman's filmmaking history and profile-lax narrative form, heavy reliance on the zoom, sound design replete with overlapping dialogue, improvisational infidelity to the screenplay, and a desire to subvert based in his time in the training grounds of industrial filmmaking and filmed television. The book provides a clear example of how a filmmaker might work collaboratively and pragmatically within and across media institutions to elaborate upon their sanctioned practices and aims. We misunderstand Altman's work, and the creative work of Hollywood filmmakers in general, when we insist on describing innovation as opposition to institutional norms and on describing those norms as simply assimilating innovation.

Storytelling in Film and Television

See my chapter on The Silence of the Lambs ( 1991 ) in Storytelling in the New Hollywood : Understanding Classical Narrative Technique ( Cambridge , Mass .: Harvard University Press , 1999 ) , pp . 103-130 . 3.

Author: Kristin Thompson

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674010639

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 172

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Derided as simple, dismissed as inferior to film, famously characterized as a vast wasteland, television nonetheless exerts an undeniable, apparently inescapable power in our culture. The secret of television's success may well lie in the remarkable narrative complexities underlying its seeming simplicity, complexities Kristin Thompson unmasks in this engaging analysis of the narrative workings of television and film. After first looking at the narrative techniques the two media share, Thompson focuses on the specific challenges that series television presents and the tactics writers have devised to meet them--tactics that sustain interest and maintain sense across multiple plots and subplots and in spite of frequent interruptions as well as weeklong and seasonal breaks. Beyond adapting the techniques of film, Thompson argues, television has wrought its own changes in traditional narrative form. Drawing on classics of film and television, as well as recent and current series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Sopranos, and The Simpsons, she shows how adaptations, sequels, series, and sagas have altered long-standing notions of closure and single authorship. And in a comparison of David Lynch's Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks, she asks whether there can be an "art television" comparable to the more familiar "art cinema."

Looseleaf for Film History An Introduction

Written by two of the leading scholars in film studies, Film History: An Introduction 4e is a comprehensive, global survey of the medium that covers the development of every genre in film, from drama and comedy to documentary and ...

Author: David Bordwell

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 1259870359

Category: Art

Page: 800

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Written by two of the leading scholars in film studies, Film History: An Introduction 4e is a comprehensive, global survey of the medium that covers the development of every genre in film, from drama and comedy to documentary and experimental. Concepts and events are illustrated with frame enlargements taken from the original sources, giving students more realistic points of reference.

Loose Leaf for Film Art An Introduction

Along with updated examples and expanded coverage of digital filmmaking, the twelfth edition of Film Art delivers SmartBook, first and only adaptive reading experience currently available, designed to help students stay focused, maximize ...

Author: Kristin Thompson

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 1260485129

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 544

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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 twelfth 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.

Reinventing Hollywood

If this sounds like today’s cinema, that’s because it is. In Reinventing Hollywood, David Bordwell examines the full range and depth of trends that crystallized into traditions.

Author: David Bordwell

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226487892

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 592

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In the 1940s, American movies changed. Flashbacks began to be used in outrageous, unpredictable ways. Soundtracks flaunted voice-over commentary, and characters might pivot from a scene to address the viewer. Incidents were replayed from different characters’ viewpoints, and sometimes those versions proved to be false. Films now plunged viewers into characters’ memories, dreams, and hallucinations. Some films didn’t have protagonists, while others centered on anti-heroes or psychopaths. Women might be on the verge of madness, and neurotic heroes lurched into violent confrontations. Combining many of these ingredients, a new genre emerged—the psychological thriller, populated by women in peril and innocent bystanders targeted for death. If this sounds like today’s cinema, that’s because it is. In Reinventing Hollywood, David Bordwell examines the full range and depth of trends that crystallized into traditions. He shows how the Christopher Nolans and Quentin Tarantinos of today owe an immense debt to the dynamic, occasionally delirious narrative experiments of the Forties. Through in-depth analyses of films both famous and virtually unknown, from Our Town and All About Eve to Swell Guy and The Guilt of Janet Ames, Bordwell assesses the era’s unique achievements and its legacy for future filmmakers. Reinventing Hollywood is a groundbreaking study of how Hollywood storytelling became a more complex art and essential reading for lovers of popular cinema.

Film Art

This edition has been re-designed in colour greatly enhancing the text's visual appeal and overall accessibility to today's students. The text is supported by a CD-ROM with video clips, and text-specific website.

Author: David Bordwell

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages

ISBN: STANFORD:36105134482582

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 505

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Film is an art form with a language and an aesthethic all its own. This edition has been re-designed in colour greatly enhancing the text's visual appeal and overall accessibility to today's students. The text is supported by a CD-ROM with video clips, and text-specific website.

Storytelling Industries

Kristin Thompson, Storytelling in the New Hollywood: Understanding Classical Narrative Technique (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999), 29–35. Writing at the beginning of the 1990s, Michele Hilmes similarly observed that ...

Author: Anthony N. Smith

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319705972

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 266

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This book shows how the unique characteristics of traditionally differentiated media continue to determine narrative despite the recent digital convergence of media technologies. The author argues that media are now each largely defined by distinctive industrial practices that continue to preserve their identities and condition narrative production. Furthermore, the book demonstrates how a given medium’s variability in institutional and technological contexts influences diverse approaches to storytelling. By connecting US film, television, comic book and video game industries to their popular fictional characters and universes; including Star Wars, Batman, Game of Thrones and Grand Theft Auto; the book identifies how differences in industrial practice between media inform narrative production. This book is a must read for students and scholars interested in transmedia storytelling.

The Way Hollywood Tells it

10. Elizabeth Cowie, “Storytelling: Classical Hollywood Cinema and Classical Narrative,” in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema, ed. Steve Neale and Murray Smith (London: Routledge, 1998), 188. 11. Schatz, “New Hollywood,” 10. 12.

Author: David Bordwell

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520232273

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 298

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Includes information on Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Asian films, Brian de Plama, European cinema, Alfred Hitchcock, Hong Kong films, Sam Peckinpah, Arthur Penn, Otto Preminger, Brett Ratner, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Orson Welles, American Graffiti, At Long Last Love, A Beautiful Mind, Bonnie and Clyde, Chinatown, Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Jaws, Jerry Maguire, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Matrix trilogy, Memento, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Sixth Sense, Star Wars series, Two Weeks Notice, arcing shots, axis of action, black and white footage, camera movement, characterization, climax, close ups, comedies, complicating action, cutting, dialogue hook, directors, editing, energy, epilogue, establishing shots, fantasy, film noir, flashbacks, following shots, foreshadowing, four part structure, framing, handheld shots, heroes, horror, hyperclassical construction, independent films, innovation, intensified continuity, intercutting, long lens, long takes, low budget films, montage sequences, motifs, multiple camera shooting, narrative, over the shoulder shots, overt narration, plot, postclassical cinema, protagonists, puzzle films, rapid cutting, reverse order plotting, romantic comedy, science fiction, set up, shots, singles, soundtracks, special effects, Stedicam, story development, studio era, television, thrillers, time, tracking shots, video, violence, visceral effects, visual style, wide angle lens, wide screen, wipe by cuts, wipes, etc.

Looseleaf for Film History An Introduction

This new edition of Film History has been revised to include recent films, new examples, and updated comprehensive overviews of the rise of streaming services as purveyors of cinematic content as well as the massive disruptions of film ...

Author: David Bordwell

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 1264177399

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 800

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This new edition of Film History has been revised to include recent films, new examples, and updated comprehensive overviews of the rise of streaming services as purveyors of cinematic content as well as the massive disruptions of film production, distribution, and exhibition caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a comprehensive global survey of film and its many genres – from drama and comedy to documentary and experimental – written by three of the discipline’s leading scholars. Concepts and events are illustrated with frame enlargements taken from the original sources, giving students more realistic and relevant points of reference than publicity stills. There are 100 new film clips with commentary in McGraw Hill Connect® – the web-based assignment and assessment platform that helps you connect your students to their coursework. Film History is a text that any serious film scholar – professor, undergraduate, or graduate student – will want to read and keep.

Film Art An Introduction

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 ...

Author: Kristin Thompson

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 1259534952

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 544

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Connect is the only integrated learning system that empowers students by continuously adapting to deliver precisely what they need, when they need it, and how they need it, so that your class time is more engaging and effective. Film is an art form with a language and an aesthetic all its own. Since 1979, David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson'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 tenth edition also offers Connect for Film Art, a digital solution that includes multimedia tutorials along with web-based assignment and assessment tools.

The distortion of narrative techniques in modern Hollywood

Themes of this essay span from Luis Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou to asian cinema, gaming narration and the cinema of distorted narration with examples such as Memento, 12 Monkeys, Fight Club and The Sixth Sense.

Author: Christian Schlütter

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783640389483

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 36

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Bachelorarbeit aus dem Jahr 2006 im Fachbereich Medien / Kommunikation - Film und Fernsehen, Note: 1,3, Universität Siegen (Fachbereich 3), Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Hollywood has a sense of self-rejuvenation that has helped it survive for over a hundred years, through two world wars and against the competition of the television. In every threatening situation, Hollywood found a way to change and to implement new ways of storytelling. In this essay I will try to outline that the late 90ies and the early new millennium saw such a threatening and changing situation and that the new way of storytelling invented in this time, the cinema of distorted narration, aims at a revising and misinforming narrational structure that creates a new spectacular sensation using the viewer’s knowledge of Hollywood against himself. Themes of this essay span from Luis Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou to asian cinema, gaming narration and the cinema of distorted narration with examples such as Memento, 12 Monkeys, Fight Club and The Sixth Sense.

Film Art

Film Art is generously illustrated with more than 1,000 frame enlargements taken directly from completed films, providing concrete illustrations of key concepts. Includes updated examples and expanded coverage of digital filmmaking.

Author: David Bordwell

Publisher:

ISBN: 1260565661

Category: Motion pictures

Page: 494

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Film is an art form with a language and an aesthetic all its own. Film Art has been the best-selling and most widely respected introduction to the analysis of cinema. Taking a skills-centred 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, this twelfth edition delivers SmartBook, the first and only adaptive reading experience currently available, designed to help students stay focused, maximise study time and retain basic concepts.

Thinking about Movies

Thompson outlines continuities in Hollywood's narrative practices in Storytelling in the New Hollywood: Understanding Classical Narrative Technique (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999).

Author: Peter Lehman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118337554

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 496

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A complete introduction to analyzing and enjoying a wide variety of movies, for film students and movie lovers alike Thinking About Movies: Watching, Questioning, Enjoying, Fourth Edition is a thorough overview of movie analysis designed to enlighten both students and enthusiasts, and heighten their enjoyment of films. Readers will delve into the process of thinking about movies critically and analytically, and find how doing so can greatly enhance the pleasure of watching movies. Divided roughly into two parts, the book addresses film studies within the context of the dynamics of cinema, before moving on to a broader analysis of the relationship of films to the larger social, cultural, and industrial issues informing them. This updated fourth edition includes an entirely new section devoted to a complete analysis of the film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, along with many in-depth discussions of important films such as Citizen Kane and Silence of the Lambs. The chapter on television integrates a major expansion distinguishing between television in the digital era of the convergence of the entertainment and technology industries in comparison to the era of broadcast analogue television. The final chapter places film within the current context of digital culture, globalization, and the powerful rise of China in film production and exhibition. The authors clearly present various methodologies for analyzing movies and illustrate them with detailed examples and images from a wide range of films from cult classics to big-budget, award-winning movies. This helps viewers see new things in movies and also better understand and explain why they like some better than others. Thinking About Movies: Watching, Questioning, Enjoying, Fourth Edition is ideal for film students immersed in the study of this important, contemporary medium and art form as well as students and readers who have never taken a class on cinema before. This new edition of the book also comes with a Companion Blog https://thinkingaboutmoviesblog.wordpress.com/ that the authors will update regularly with attention to films and industry developments directly related to each chapter, plus updates to readings and resources.