Peter Morris Memorial Lecture: David Bordwell on "How Motion Pictures Became the Movies"
Oct 17, 2012, 2:30pm-4pm
The 2012 Peter Morris Memorial Lecture features a talk by guest speaker, film theorist and historian David Bordwell on "How Motion Pictures Became the Movies."
Bordwell asks: What was the most important period of filmmaking? Film emerged as a popular art in North America and Europe in the crucial years 1908-1920. Culturally, industrially and artistically, these dozen years created our modern institution of cinema. Bordwell traces the diversity of artistic trends of the period, notes the rapid changes in filmmaking methods, and analyzes techniques of visual storytelling that remain in force today.
Bordwell is co-author of the two influential introductory textbooks Film Art (1979) and Film History (1994). He has written more than 15 volumes on the subject of cinema including Narration in the Fiction Film (1985), Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema (1988), Making Meaning (1989) and On the History of Film Style (1997).
Image: David Bordwell
For most of his career, Bordwell was a professor of film at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is currently the Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies, Emeritus in the Department of Communication Arts. He maintains the blog "Observations on film art" with his wife and frequent collaborator, Kristin Thompson.
The Peter Morris Memorial Lecture is an annual series of public talks by prominent international scholars working in the history of film or Canadian film studies.
The lecture is named in honour of the late film scholar Peter Morris (1937-2011), a professor in York’s Department of Film from 1988 until his retirement in 2002. Widely published, Morris was a pioneer of film studies in Canada. He was the founding curator of the Canadian Film Archives, founding president of the Film Studies Association of Canada, and the first editor of the Canadian Journal of Film Studies. The series was established in his memory to promote critical discourse in the field of film studies.
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|Location:||Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade East Building, York University|
|Sponsor:||Department of Film, Faculty of Fine Arts|