Moments That Made the Movies

Moments that Made the Movies

  1. David Thomson
  • ISBN 9780500516416
  • 25.50 x 20.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 304pp
  • With 250 illustrations
  • First published 2013
‘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 40 years … elegantly designed and handsomely produced … witty and full of insights’ – The Independent
‘[Thomson’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'. Trust me. This is a keeper’–

In the first fully illustrated work of his illustrious career, the author takes readers on an unprecedented visual journey re-examining a series of moments from seventy-two films across one hundred 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
    • The Shop Around the Corner
    • Bringing Up Baby
    • Gone with the Wind
    • Citizen Kane
    • Casablanca
    • The Red Shoes
    • The Night of the Hunter
    • The Searchers
    • Tokyo Story
    • Psycho
    • The Exterminating Angel
    • Pierrot le Fou
    • The Godfather
    • Chinatown
    • The Shining
    • When Harry Met Sally…
    • The Piano Teacher
    • Zodiac
    • Burn After Reading

… and dozens more.

David Thomson is the film critic for The New Republic. He has written regularly for The Independent and The Guardian, but he is probably best known for a series of groundbreaking books: The Biographical Dictionary of Film (now in its fifth edition); Showman: The Life of David O.Selznick; The Whole Equation; Have You Seen ...?, and The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies.