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First Published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


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First Published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

30 review for Narration in the Fiction Film

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amirhossein

    بوردول بخش زیادی از مباحث این کتاب رو در 《هنر سینما》و 《تاریخ سینما》به یه نحو دیگه آورده، اما همچنان خوندنش به غایت جذابه؛ بخصوص جلد دوم که درباره سینمای هنری و پارامتری و گدار حرف می‌زنه.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elliot T.

    Not necessarily worth reading unless you're really interested in storytelling in movies, but pretty accessible for the non-film student. You'll obviously want to skip the chapters where Bordwell refutes existing strains of film theory, but the chapters where he actually breaks down how films tell stories (Chapters 3-10, about 200 pages) helped me to understand film in a way that no other book has. Not necessarily worth reading unless you're really interested in storytelling in movies, but pretty accessible for the non-film student. You'll obviously want to skip the chapters where Bordwell refutes existing strains of film theory, but the chapters where he actually breaks down how films tell stories (Chapters 3-10, about 200 pages) helped me to understand film in a way that no other book has.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    A superb primer not only for understanding how film narratives work, from Griffith to Godard, but an excellent study of the narrative process in all media. Uses modern cognitive research to shape its ideas about the process of viewing, as well. Typically outstanding work by Bordwell, not a book for those with a casual interest in the subject.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Klay Kubiak

    Film narratology has become, for me, the most intriguing aspect of cinema studies. Bordwell is the godfather of the subject, and this text is an essential gateway.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Raúl

    David Bordwell nos entrega un libro que quiere ser exhaustivo y que quiere crear una teoría que se diferencie de otras teorías de la narración a través de la forma en que el espectador recibe codificaciones que le permiten (re)construir la historia a través de los elementos entregados por el cineasta: el argumento y el estilo, que dan forma a la película. Siendo un libro interesante, completo, con análisis brillantes, finalmente decepciona porque ese objetivo que se había marcado no se aborda di David Bordwell nos entrega un libro que quiere ser exhaustivo y que quiere crear una teoría que se diferencie de otras teorías de la narración a través de la forma en que el espectador recibe codificaciones que le permiten (re)construir la historia a través de los elementos entregados por el cineasta: el argumento y el estilo, que dan forma a la película. Siendo un libro interesante, completo, con análisis brillantes, finalmente decepciona porque ese objetivo que se había marcado no se aborda directamente, la función del espectador, y se examina más la función del estilo y del creador... que desestimada la figura del sujeto de enunciación acaba redundando en una figura cercana a la del criticado "autor".

  6. 4 out of 5

    ManMothz

    I think film enthusiasts of all levels will find this book invaluable. Not only is Bordwell's theory of narration convincing and fairly easy to apply to your own viewing activities, but he is also a fantastic summarizer. The beginning chapters of the book which recount various theories of narration are great because they condense and explain, in relatively straightforward terms, very complexly communicated theories. This provides a great jumping off point for narrational research, as you will al I think film enthusiasts of all levels will find this book invaluable. Not only is Bordwell's theory of narration convincing and fairly easy to apply to your own viewing activities, but he is also a fantastic summarizer. The beginning chapters of the book which recount various theories of narration are great because they condense and explain, in relatively straightforward terms, very complexly communicated theories. This provides a great jumping off point for narrational research, as you will already have an expert, albeit slight, background in whatever literary or filmic narrational theory you might be interested in. In regards to the full extent of Bordwell's theory, I am not such an expert summarizer as he, so I will limit my comments to say that it achieves specificity while maintaining broad applicability.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pablo

    Denso pero rico en teoría narrativa y ejemplos.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Emiliano Dominici

    Per capire la narrazione dei film. Un testo fondamentale, per me, per capire come funziona la narrazione filmica. Molto interessante, ne ricordo ancora gran parte del contenuto.

  9. 5 out of 5

    David

    Perhaps it's my mood, but man, this book is tedious. I'm interested in the subject matter, but I find that Bordwell's insistence on the cognitivist approach gets a little tiring. Still, I appreciate the effort to challenge the methodologies that consider cinema in terms of linguistic categories. Perhaps it's my mood, but man, this book is tedious. I'm interested in the subject matter, but I find that Bordwell's insistence on the cognitivist approach gets a little tiring. Still, I appreciate the effort to challenge the methodologies that consider cinema in terms of linguistic categories.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Filip

    Pocitově mi to zabralo snad rok a půl, jak hutné a obsáhlé na informace Narration in the Fiction Film bylo. Jedná se ale o skutečně precizně sepsanou knihu srozumitelným (byť dosti odborným) jazykem, snažící se představit jeden ze základních principů analýzy narace narativních filmů.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christine Alibutud

    This book by Bordwell was one of my professor's reading requirements in my writing subject. Fair to say that this was truly helpful in my course. 4 stars! This book by Bordwell was one of my professor's reading requirements in my writing subject. Fair to say that this was truly helpful in my course. 4 stars!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    The very first film book I had to read in college. It's still one of my favorites. I love their new blog too. The very first film book I had to read in college. It's still one of my favorites. I love their new blog too.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kasper

    Simultaneously brilliant and accessible. The major achievement by THE film theorist. Bordwell is, simply put, the man.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Meraj Dhir

    What you need to read to conduct comprehensive narratological analysis of fiction films in all modes of production. A work of genius.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debra Manskey

    One of the many books by Bordwell that I've drawn upon while doing a major in Screen Studies. Beautifully written and presented, another "must have" for any serious student of film. One of the many books by Bordwell that I've drawn upon while doing a major in Screen Studies. Beautifully written and presented, another "must have" for any serious student of film.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hosein Nooriaan

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    Lori Laurent Smith

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

  30. 4 out of 5

    Azbo Zabruda

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