Poetics of Cinema

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Bringing together twenty-five years of work on what he has called the "historical poetics of cinema," David Bordwell presents an extended analysis of a key question for film studies: how are films made, in particular historical contexts, in order to achieve certain effects? For Bordwell, films are made things, existing within historical contexts, and aim to create determinate effects. Beginning with this central thesis, Bordwell works out a full understanding of how films channel and recast cultural influences for their cinematic purposes. With more than five hundred film stills, Poetics of Cinema is a must-have for any student of cinema.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415977797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415977791
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

Another wonderful book!

One person found this helpful.
 on January 6, 2009
By Lázaro Manuel Silva
It’s always a pleasure to learn from this Master os Arts.

A Challenging Work of Film Scholarship

10 people found this helpful.
 on January 11, 2009
By Tony Williams
I will begin my review by mentioning the most basic problem with this book, namely it’s price that may prevent it obtaining the wider circulation that it deserves. However, as the author has stated on several occasions, writers, especially those of academic texts, usually have no control concerning the prices publishers charge for their works. Hopefully, this collection of new and past essays may be available in a much more accessible form some time in the future but until then many of us must be content by obtaining it via libraries.

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 on August 4, 2008
By Curupira

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