Style and Storytelling in the Hollywood Aesthetic

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In this article, I offer a response to Todd Berliner's splendid book Hollywood Aesthetic. Although the book is an innovative and well-crafted contribution to the study of Hollywood cinema, I argue that it underestimates the extent to which unity and coherence contribute to the aesthetic value of a film.

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Patrick Keating is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Trinity University, where he teaches courses in film studies and video production. His most recent book is The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood (2019). E-mail:


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