Moments That Made The Movies

by David Thomson

WW Norton | October 8, 2013 | Hardcover

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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.”

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 10.4 × 8.4 × 1.22 in

Published: October 8, 2013

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0500516413

ISBN - 13: 9780500516416

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Moments That Made The Movies

by David Thomson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 10.4 × 8.4 × 1.22 in

Published: October 8, 2013

Publisher: WW Norton

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0500516413

ISBN - 13: 9780500516416

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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.”

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.

Editorial Reviews

“A coffee-table book with a brain... Thomson is arguably the best American film critic since Pauline Kael, and almost everything he has to say in “Moments” is savvy and stimulating.” — The Washington Post“ is cinema history cloaked as a coffee-table showpiece. It comes at 70 individual films—usual suspects and irregulars alike— by way of a defining sequence. Whichever his approach, this most offbeat of cinephiles and spot-on of writers shows how the part represents the whole. The consistent delight of Moments, which samples both the thin crust (When Harry Met Sally . . .) and the deep dish (The Passenger), is how Thomson makes the reader see how often the microcosm is both macro and cosmic.” — San Francisco Chronicle“A marvelous wordsmith with a keen eye, Thomson . . . somehow manages to illustrate his many moments in films both obscure . . . and legendary.” — The Boston Herald“The Brit transplant's long experience with writing accessible, entertaining, idiosyncratic, erudite and enlightening movie books led him to the most delightful one of all: Moments that Made the Movies. . . . This is a keeper.” — IndieWire.com“Explores iconic scenes in both classic and contemporary films that were not only enjoyable, but in some way groundbreaking.” — The Huffington Post“ is full of assured declarations, chatty asides and free-associative essays. . . . both fun and not a little feverish. . . . Moment by moment, each statement is certainly worth considering, made as it is by a highly re
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