Minding Movies: Observations on the Art, Craft, and Business of Filmmaking (Paperback)
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 edition—or 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 Art in 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 Movies presents 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 Millionaire and Inglourious Basterds to 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 essays—on topics ranging from Borat to blockbusters and back again—will delight current fans and gain new enthusiasts.
Serious but not solemn, vibrantly informative without condescension, and above all illuminating reading, Minding Movies offers ideas sure to set film lovers thinking—and keep them returning to the silver screen.
About the Author
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 www.davidbordwell.net.
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 www.davidbordwell.net/blog. She maintains her own blog, "The Frodo Franchise," at www.kristinthompson.net/blog. In her spare time she studies Egyptology.