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Moments that Made the Movies

David Thomson

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An unprecedented visual journey re-examining a series of moments from seventy-two films across 100 years


In the first fully illustrated work of his illustrious career, David Thomson takes readers on an unprecedented visual journey re-examining a series of moments from 72 films across 100 years.

Thomson’s moments range from a set of Eadward Muybridge’s pioneering photographs to sequences in films from the classic – Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevard and The Red Shoes – to the unexpected – The Piano Teacher, Burn After Reading – immersing the reader via images and the author’s narrative.

In Moments that Made the Movies, with its combination of text and image, David Thomson can focus in on one scene, or even a few seconds of celluloid. As he writes, ‘there are surprises, offbeat choices, perhaps even capricious or provocative selections, as well as plenty of films that you might have guessed would be included – though not always with the moments you anticipated.’ His choices range from the silent era to the last decade, from Katherine Hepburn and Orson Welles to Brad Pitt and the Coen brothers, including:

Pandora’s Box * 'M' * Bringing Up Baby * Gone With the Wind * The Shop Around the Corner * Casablanca * Tokyo Story * The Night of the Hunter * The Searchers * Psycho * The Exterminating Angel * Pierrot le Fou * Blow-Up * Bonnie and Clyde * The Godfather * The Shining * When Harry Met Sally * A History of Violence * The Piano Teacher * Zodiac … plus dozens more

This new edition contains added entries on 24t, The Way Back, Stories We Tell and All is Lost.

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'David Thomson is the best writer on film in our time. He is our most argumentative and trustworthy historian of the screen'
Michael Ondaatje

'Probably the greatest living film critic and historian … writes the most fun and enthralling prose about the movies since Pauline Kael'
Benjamin Schwarz, The Atlantic Monthly

'Thomson has been one of the liveliest, most literate, productive, provocative and daring movie critics for more than forty years … [this book is] elegantly designed and handsomely produced … witty and full of insights'

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 25.7 x 20.6 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Publication date: 29 September 2014

ISBN: 9780500291559

Contents List

Foreword Introduction Eadweard Muybridge: One Woman Standing, Another Sitting and Crossing Legs The Passion of Joan of Arc Sunrise Pandora’s Box M Morocco 20,000 Years in Sing Sing Dodsworth Bringing Up Baby The Shop Around the Corner Gone with the Wind The Letter Citizen Kane The Lady Eve Casablanca Laura Meet Me in St Louis The Big Sleep The Red Shoes The Third Man White Heat The River Sunset Blvd A Place in the Sun Strangers on a Train Tokyo Story The Band Wagon A Star is Born Sansho the Bailiff Lola Montes The Night of the Hunter The Searchers Sweet Smell of Success Touch of Evil Anatomy of a Murder North by Northwest Hiroshima Mon Amour Psycho Jules and Jim The Exterminating Angel Vivre Sa Vie Pierrot le Fou Mickey One Blow Up Point Blank Bonnie and Clyde The Conformist Klute The King of Marvin Gardens The Godfather The Eclipse Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid Don’t Look Now Celine and Julie Go Boating The Passenger Chinatown Taxi Driver The Shining The Right Stuff Blue Velvet When Harry Met Sally Hoffa Heat The Piano Teacher Birth A History of Violence Infamous Burn After Reading Zodiac Index

About the Author

David Thomson is a British film critic and historian based in the USA and the author of more than twenty books. His reference works in particular – Have You Seen...?: A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films and The New Biographical Dictionary of Film – have been praised as works of high literary merit and eccentricity. John Banville called him ‘the greatest living writer on the movies’.