On the history of film style is an important addition to the growing body of scholarly work in film historiography bordwells analysis is perceptive and lucid in its discussion of how historians and theorists have sought to explain the changes in film style in the relatively short history of the cinema. The study of cinematic style has profoundly shaped our attitude toward movies style assigns films to a tradition distinguishes a classic and signals the arrival of a pathbreaking innovation david bordwell now shows how film scholars have attempted to explain stylistic continuity and change across the history of cinema bordwell scrutinizes the theories of style launched by andr bazin no l . This is a somewhat difficult book to explain as well as a brilliantly dense and layered meditation on the evolution of film art in a very literal sense it is the culmination of bordwells historiographical research project on the history of not only the way films look but the development of the theories and technologies behind these styles. The image that appears on the movie screen is the direct and tangible result of the joint efforts of the director and the cinematographer a hidden history of film style is the first study to focus on the collaborations between directors and cinematographers a partnership that has played a crucial role in american cinema since the early years of the silent era. A hidden history of film styleis the first study to focus on the collaborations between directors and cinematographers a partnership that has played a crucial role in american cinema since the early years of the silent era christopher beach argues that an understanding of the complex director cinematographer collaboration offers an important
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