• Big Screen: the Story of the Movies & What They Did to Us

    Big Screen: the Story of the Movies & What They Did to Us
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    ISBN: 9780141047126
    Title: Big Screen: the Story of the Movies & What They Did to Us
    Author: THOMSON DAVID

    In this triumphant work David Thomson, one of film's greatest living experts, tells the enthralling story of the movies and how they have shaped us. Taking us around the globe, through time and across multiple media, Thomson tracks the ways in which we were initially enchanted by this mesmerizing imitation of life and let movies - the stories, the stars, the look - show us how to live. But at the same time he shows us how movies, offering a seductive escape from the everyday reality and its responsibilities, have made it possible for us to evade life altogether.Does the big screen take us out into the world, or merely mesmerize us? That is Thomson's question in this great adventure of a book. A passionate feat of storytelling that is vital to anyone trying to make sense of the age of screens - the age that, more than ever, we are living in.'Criticism is rarely this passionate and brilliant. You come away wanting to watch it all. On the biggest screen you can find.' Ian Nathan, Empire'There's only one film book published this year that you conceivably, actually, need to read, and that's The Big Screen. It's a personal, critically acute history of the entire motion picture medium. . . his prose sings with brio.' Nick Curtis, Evening Standard, Books of the Year'The theme of The Big Screen is the weirdness of desire. . . Thomson takes us on a meander through Nouvelle Vague and Italian neorealism; Coppola and Scorsese; MGM musicals and film noir. He always comes back in the end to the kind of fun it is possible to have only at the movies, sitting in the dark, staring at the light.' Bee Wilson, Sunday Times'the best writer on film in our time . . . there are insights and revelations on every page.' Michael Ondaatje'A startling analysis of what happens to us in the darkness as we dream with eyes open.' Peter Conrad, Observer, Books of the Year'Nobody else could match its sweep, its erudition, its discernment or its warmth.' David Hare, Guardian, Books of the Year'A giant in the world of film criticism. His book is erudite but readable, delightfully tangential, and surprisingly polemical.' Kate Muir, The Times, Books of the Year'Crazily beautiful. . . by the time I finished it, enjoyment and amusement had given way to exultation.'Kent Jones, Sight & Sound

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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