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Mon, 4 Dec 1995 09:21:28 GMT
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In message  <[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask] writes:
> One book that I have found servicable when dealing with film
> history--inclusive of national cinemas as well as the US--is Bordwell &
> Thompson's _Film History_.  For  a text that explores the Hollywood studio
> system, I recommend Thomas Schatz's _Genius of the System_, which I
> understand is out-of-print from Pantheon but soon to be issued by a new
> publisher.  Also, for another look at the Hollywood studio system, check
> out Bordwell, Staiger, & Thompson's _Classical Hollywood Cinema_.  Yet, it
> is more complex and specific than would be appropriate for undergraduate
> intro courses--more useful for upper-level and graduate courses.
> Dennis Bounds
> Assistant Prof. of Cinema-Television
> Regent University
> Virginia Beach, VA
> [log in to unmask]
I don't know if it reflects general differences in emphasis to be found
in the different educational systems, but in Britain, Bordwell, Staiger
and Thompson's _Classical Hollywood Cinema_ is a standard text for
all undergraduate study, and is even used in higher levels of the school
The 'basic' three used for first year introduction courses tends to be
_Classical Hollywood Cinema_, Pam Cook's _The Cinema Book_ and a Bordwell
& Thompsons's book on the film editing, whose name, at this precise moment,
escapes me!.
Get a life?  Okay....can I get one in the Dealer's Room?
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