cutting on the action

photography and film – facts, ideas, values

FILM EDITING Analytic and constructive editing




Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious [1946] – constructive editing in scene where Alicia infers she is being poisoned














Notorious-Part 9/10


Constructive Editing in Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket


A 12 minute video by David Bordwell


Borwell covers this in a post as well:


What happens between shots happens between your ears


Book Film Art: An Introduction
In collaboration with Kristin Thompson. Ninth edition, New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009.



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November 8, 2012 Posted by | constructive editing, David Bordwell | , | Leave a comment

FILM ESSAY NICO BAUMBACH – All that Heaven allows: what is, or was, cinephilia



All that Heaven allows: what is, or was, cinephilia [part 1]


All that Heaven allows: what is, or was, cinephilia [part 2]


Film comment, Film Society Lincoln Center, 12 February 2012


At time of this post two further parts were promised


Part 1 quotable quote:

Bordwell’s argument is framed as an attempt by an academic to reach out to film critics not simply to heal a rift but to mutually enrich both practices. Yet more interesting, and problematic, he outlines what writing about film can successfully accomplish and what it cannot. He implies that the opposition between academics and critics obscures a more fundamental opposition between two different ideas of what the primary object of writing on cinema should be — its relation to culture and society or to the more localized specifiable effects that films produce. He believes that by ignoring the latter in favor of the former, film criticism and theory have lost sight of their object.



Part 1 mentions Laura Mulvey’s 1975 essay, Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema


There is a digital cross-through in this version, so I’ve included a couple of other sources: LM 2 and a facsimile of the original article/paper: LM3 (which in a footnote says it’s a reworked version of a paper given in the French Department of University of Winsconsin, Madison, in the Spring of 1973


Baumbach quotes Mulvey:

“It is said that analyzing pleasure, or beauty, destroys it. That is the intention of this article.”



which he then goes on to explain, including:

..her statement came from a conviction that theory about cinema mattered not just in relation to gaining specialized knowledge about a particular popular art form, but to how we live and experience the world.




March 16, 2012 Posted by | Andrew Sarris, auterism, Cahiers du cinéma, Christian Metz, cinephilia, David Bordwell, film analysis, film theory, film theory/film criticism, film [its techniques], George Toles, J. Hoberman, Laura Mulvey, Metz, Rudolph Arnheim, Siegfried Kracauer | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

FILM music



I’ve chosen these four from Film Studies for Free‘s selection of music and film related essays and books.

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What The Sound Is Saying

What the music is saying in Bertolucci

from Bright Lights

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The Sound of Sentiment: Popular Music, Film, and Emotion
by
Murray Smith

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Music in Films: A Critical review of Literature, 1980-1996

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by

Robynn J. Stilwell

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Film Music and Narrative Agency pp. 248-82, Ch. 12 of

Post-theory: Reconstructing Film Studies editied by David Bordwell and Noel Carroll.

by

Jerrold Levinson

which looks pretty o.k. as a whole.

Missing pages in this review:

252-53

259-60

273-74

279

281

The last two are in the end notes.




March 17, 2009 Posted by | David Bordwell, film analysis, Film and psychoanalysis, film directors, film narrative, film theory, film [its techniques], Noel Carroll | , | Leave a comment

Film: A Case for Cognitivism by David Bordwell



This essay, A Case for Cognitivism, from 1989 is introduced with a shorter, later piece, Cognitive Film Theory.

If we want to know how films work upon us, then cognitive theory offers a range of concepts which correlate nicely with notions like norm, form, function, and psychological experience.




January 13, 2009 Posted by | David Bordwell, film theory, film [its techniques] | , , | Leave a comment