David Bordwell brings to the surface two very valuable aspects throughout the course of his analysis of storytelling in films, both past and present (among many other storytelling techniques). 1. A breakdown of the other books on screenwriting and structure, the good, the bad, the valuable. 2. A breakdown of both great movies and bad movies and WHY, in the context of the time period and conditions they were made and the approach of the writers.
Bordwell sites an impressive number of films to accompany his academic analysis of story AND how (the directors, too) tell their stories.
I give this a 2-star rating based on a parochial level of story analysis that can be found in any screenwriting basic-structure how-to manual. That being said, you do need to start somewhere and this could be helpful, but it is limited in examples and expanded explanations of approach, theory, and context. It also loses a star because the audio quality is almost unbearable, very poorly recorded. Vogler and Hauge are great at what they do, though.
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