Moments That Made the Movies

Moments That Made the Movies

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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 Biographical Dictionary of Film (called “a miracle” by Sight and Sound) and his lauded recent history, The Big Screen (“a pungently written, brilliant book” according to David Denby), Moments 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—Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevard, The Red Shoes—to the unexpected—The Piano Teacher, Burn After Reading.The excitement of Momentss? 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. Moments That Made the Movies will undoubtedly reaffirm Thomson's place as—according to John Banville—“the greatest living writer on the movies.”
Lushly illustrated, compellingly written—David Thomson's choice of the key moments in movie history

Baker & Taylor
Highlights key moments from seventy-two movies during more than a century of film history, including scenes from "Citizen Kane," "Sunset Boulevard," "The Red Shoes," "The Piano Teacher," and "Burn After Reading."

Baker
& Taylor

This visual tour of the past 100 years of cinema presents key images from memorable and pioneering moments in film including stills from Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevard, The Piano Teacher and Burn After Reading. 15,000 first printing.
Film scholar David Thomson focuses in on a series of moments-- which his readers will also experience in beautifully reproduced imagery-- from 72 films across a 100-year-plus span. Moments 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-- Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevard, The Red Shoes-- to the unexpected-- The Piano Teacher, Burn After Reading. The excitement of the book'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.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Thames & Hudson,, 2013.
ISBN: 9780500516416
0500516413
Characteristics: 303 pages : illustrations (some col.) ; 27 cm

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Aug 03, 2015

The 70 moments chosen by Thomson are not inspired choices and he really does not have much interesting to say about them. The illustrations and packaging promise more than this lightweight book delivers.

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