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Reinventing Hollywood : how 1940s filmmakers changed movie storytelling /

David Bordwell.

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Author: Bordwell, David
Published: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Topics: Motion pictures - California - Los Angeles - History - 20th century. | Narration (Rhetoric) | Motion pictures - California - Los Angeles - Plots, themes, etc. | Erzähltechnik | Film
Regions: California - Los Angeles. | Los Angeles- Hollywood
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504 |aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
505 0 |aIntroduction: The way Hollywood told it -- The frenzy of five fat years -- Interlude: Spring 1940: lessons from Our town -- Time and time again -- Interlude: Kitty and Lydia, Julia and Nancy -- Plots: the menu -- Interlude: Schema and revision, between rounds -- Slices, strands, and chunks -- Interlude: Mankiewicz: modularity and polyphony -- What they didn't know was -- Interlude: Identity thieves and tangled networks -- Voices out of the dark -- Interlude: Remaking middlebrow modernism -- Into the depths -- Call it psychology -- Interlude: Innovation by misadventure -- From the Naked City to Bedford Falls -- I love a mystery -- Interlude: Sturges, or showing the puppet strings -- Artifice in excelsis -- Interlude: Hitchcock and Welles: the lessons of the masters -- Conclusion: The way Hollywood keeps telling it.
520 |a"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. Some films didn't have protagonists, while others centered on antiheroes or psychopaths. Women might be on the verge of madness, and neurotic heroes lurched into violent confrontations. If this sounds like today's cinema, that's because it is. In Reinventing Hollywood, David Bordwell examines for the first time 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 1940s. With verve and wit, Bordwell examines how a booming movie market during World War II allowed ambitious writers and directors to push narrative boundaries. Although those experiments are usually credited to the influence of Citizen Kane, Bordwell shows that similar impulses had begun in the late 1930s in radio, fiction, and theater before migrating to film. And despite the postwar recession in the industry, the momentum for innovation continued. Some of the boldest films of the era came in the late forties and early fifties, as filmmakers sought to outdo their peers. 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. The result is a groundbreaking study of how Hollywood storytelling became a more complex art. Reinventing Hollywood is essential reading for all lovers of popular cinema."--Dust jacket.
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