Murder And The Movies

August 5, 2020|
Murder And The Movies by David Thomson
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A renowned movie critic on film’s treatment of one of mankind’s darkest behaviors: murder

"[Thomson's] analysis of death in Hitchcock movies is gorgeous. His restlessness is palpable. There is an anxiety in this brief, hurried book that suits these political and medical times."—Lisa Schwarzbaum, New York Times Book Review  

Included in the New York Times Book Review's "Best Books to Give" holiday list, 2020

How many acts of murder have each of us followed on a screen? What does that say about us? Do we remain law-abiding citizens who wouldn’t hurt a fly?  Film historian David Thomson, known for wit and subversiveness, leads us into this very delicate subject. While unpacking classics such as Seven,Kind Hearts and Coronets,Strangers on a Train,The Conformist,The Godfather, and The Shining, he offers a disconcerting sense of how the form of movies makes us accomplices in this sinister narrative process.
 
By turns seductive and astringent, very serious and suddenly hilarious, Murder and the Movies admits us into what Thomson calls “a warped triangle”: the creator working out a compelling death; the killer doing his and her best; and the entranced reader and spectator trying to cling to life and a proper sense of decency.
David Thomson is one of the great living authorities on movies, and is, most notably, the author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film. He has written more than 20 books, including biographies of David O. Selznick and Orson Welles.
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Title:Murder And The Movies
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:240 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.88 in
Shipping dimensions:240 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.88 in
Published:August 5, 2020
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300220018

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