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David Bordwell’s Poetics of Cinema—Yet another excellent review

As featured in The Evolutionary Review

In "Understanding Cinema: Poetic Films and Embodied Viewers", Daniel Barratt writes:

"Bordwell’s primary interest, indeed his passion, is the film itself. Throughout his book, he writes with an infectious enthusiasm and demonstrates an encyclopedic knowledge of film, dotting the text with numerous film citations and plot synopses. Film scenes and sequences are analyzed shot by shot, with extensive use of frame stills (more than five hundred). He gives close attention to the subtle details of film style, such as camera framings and the choreographed movements of actors. All this exemplifies “rational and empirical enquiry” (3). The truth is out there, he believes, though it is no doubt messy and complicated."

Read the entire piece in The Evolutionary Review here.

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  1. Poetics of Cinema

    By David Bordwell

    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...

    Published October 19th 2007 by Routledge