Moments that Made the Movies
In the first fully illustrated work of his illustrious career, David Thomson re-examines a series of moments – which readers will experience in beautifully reproduced imagery – from seventy-two carefully selected films across a hundred-year time span. His 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 a groundbreaking marriage of imagery and the author’s accompanying narrative. David Thomson’s evocative, unflinching prose and profound understanding of what makes film and art form identify him as one of the great film writers of our time, making it likely that Moments that Made the Movies will be widely viewed as an important classic on the subject of international cinema.
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’.