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Moments That Made the Moviesby David Thomson
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In his first fully illustrated work, David Thomson breaks new ground by focusing in on a series of moments--which his readers will also experience in beautifully reproduced imagery--from seventy-two films across a 100-year-plus span. An indispensable counterpart to both his classic (called "a miracle" by ) and his lauded recent history, ("a pungently written, brilliant book" according to David Denby), takes readers on an unprecedented visual tour, where the specifics of the imagery the reader is seeing are inextricably tied to the text. Thomson?s moments range from a set of Eadweard Muybridge?s pioneering photographs to sequences in films from the classic--, , --to the unexpected--, . The excitement of s? dynamic visuals will be matched only by the discussion it incites in film circles, as readers revisit their own list of memorable moments and then re-experience the films--both those included on Thomson's list and from their own life--as never before. will undoubtedly reaffirm Thomson's place as--according to John Banville--"the greatest living writer on the movies."
"When we think about the movies we love or even the ones we hate, specific moments come to mind. Whether we recall a scene or an image or certain dialogue, these moments define the film in our recollection. Prolific film-critic Thomson's (The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies) new art-sized book examines these 'sensational' moments from more than 70 films in this film-lover's treasure. Organized chronologically Thomson begins in the year 1887 Eadweard Muybridge's Animal Location and spans all the way to 2008 with the Coen brothers' Burn After Reading. The selection largely encompasses American classics — Preston Sturges's The Lady Eve, Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd — and a smattering of foreign films directed by the likes of Kenji Mizoguchi, Jean-Luc Godard, and Michelangelo Antonioni. He'll occasionally include less known films such as Danny De Vito's Hoffa or Jane Campion's In the Cut. The 'knock-out' set-pieces often lean towards the violent or erotically charged, but all include multiple images, sometimes full-page spreads. Thomson warns in his introduction that readers shouldn't interpret the chosen moments as 'the Ã¢Â€Â˜best' moments' or his 'personal favorites,' though recent history definitely gets downplayed: 1959, for example, gets three entries, while there are none from 1996 to 2000. The book's effect is undeniable, as the reader feels determined to hit the nearest theater. Agent: Steve Wasserman, Kneerim & Williams. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Lushly illustrated, compellingly written--David Thomson's choice of the key moments in movie history
About the Author
Based in San Francisco, David Thomson is the film critic for The New Republic and has written regularly for The Guardian, The Independent, Sight & Sound, Film Comment, and Movieline.
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