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    characters The Big Screen PDF FREE [The Big Screen] free download ¸ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ê David Thomson This is the most personal work on cinema yet written by David Thomson a movie historian and critic whose originality of ins

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    PDF FREE [The Big Screen] As good as a book that causes you to read about 400 pages over a single day without even really noticing it could beespecially when you finish it the next day Wow So I love David Thomson anyway having picked up on him awhile back a

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    characters The Big Screen PDF FREE [The Big Screen] Madly hectically following my summary of 2017 in books comes this handy fun sized my year in movies which frankly and I probably shouldn’t say this out loud have pound for pound given me actual fun than books this year I know it’s mildly shocking 24 BEST MOVIES OF THE YEARNEWISH MOVIES Your Name – Japanese anime how cutting edge I am but actually everybody will de dazzled and emotionally wrought up with the beauty and time trippy b

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    PDF FREE [The Big Screen] free download ¸ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ê David Thomson characters The Big Screen Midway through David Thomson’s meandering and self reflective history of world cinema The Big Screen The Story of the Movies and What They Did to Us he discusses British director David Lean’s classic film Brief Encounter a “woman’s film” about an adulterous affair Thomson is mystified by the film’s “tacit

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    free download ¸ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ê David Thomson David Thomson ê 8 review PDF FREE [The Big Screen] You are not watching life You are watching a movie And if maybe the movie feels better than life then that is a vast revolutionary possibility and no one knows yet whether it is for good or ill because the insinuation of dreams does so much to alter or threaten our respect for life Dissatisfaction and doubt grew in step w

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    PDF FREE [The Big Screen] David Thomson ê 8 review characters The Big Screen There are very few writers who can write interestingly and accessibly about film history so I can put up with Thomson's occasional habit of talking down to his reader's Yes Mr Thomson we get your references that's why we have chosen to read your book

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    free download ¸ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ê David Thomson PDF FREE [The Big Screen] David Thomson ê 8 review Over the years we have had many good writers tell the story of cinema One of my favourites has always been Mark Cousins’ ‘The Story of Film’ 2004 Mark Cousins does the big broad sweep of cinema history and tells its global story David Thomson in his new book ‘The Big Screen The Story of the Movies and W

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    PDF FREE [The Big Screen] David Thomson ê 8 review free download ¸ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ê David Thomson It should surprise nobody who knows Thomson's work that this grand statement on film is as idiosyncratic as it is authoritative the work of a mystic as much as a scholar Everyone's going to be puzzled by some of

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    PDF FREE [The Big Screen] David Thomson’s riffy trippy style is not for everyone but he manages to do something really difficult namely explain how the phenomenon he c

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    PDF FREE [The Big Screen] free download ¸ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ê David Thomson David Thomson ê 8 review Loved this book It's a bit dense meaty and challenging said the friend who gave it to me but also very entertaining at least in part David Thompson is a longtime film critic one who actually loves movies but also very sophisticated and intellec

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summary The Big Screen 108 E globe through time and across many media to tell the complex gripping paradoxical story of the movies He tracks the ways we were initially enchanted by movies as imitations of life the stories the stars the look and how we allowed them to show us how to live At the same time movies offering a seductive escape from everyday reality and its responsibilities have made it possible for us to evade lif. Midway through David Thomson s meandering and self reflective history of world cinema The Big Screen The Story of the Movies and What They Did to Us he discusses British director David Lean s classic film Brief Encounter a woman s film about an adulterous affair Thomson is mystified by the film s tacit admission of women s tragic position whereas in Lean s best loved films The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence Of Arabia the world is dominated by active men doing big things to change history with hardly a female in sight For years I have appreciated Thomson s film criticism his book jacket claims he is the greatest living writer on film and I regularly consult his The New Biographical Dictionary of Film So it was with dismay indeed horror that I discovered his new book presents the history of cinema from its origins to the present with hardly a female in sightI eagerly anticipated reading about some of my favorite bombshells In early cinema these include Gloria Swanson Lillian Gish Louise Brooks and Mary Pickford Thomson describes Pickford as having accrued perhaps the greatest success and fortune any woman has yet achieved in the movies the most hardworking and fiscally astute partner in United Artists the distribution company she formed then ignores her lamenting she s been all but forgotten If you renowned and popular film critic and historian don t write about her that becomes one self fulfilling prophecyAs Thomson provides profiles of great man upon great man Charlie Chaplin Buster Keaton Louis B Mayer DW Griffith Cecil B DeMille FW Murnau we hear next to nothing of the era s female superstars Mabel Normand Norma Talmadge Pola Negri Delores Del Rio Clara Bow Lillian and Dorothy Gish Thompson grants several paragraphs to Louise Brooks but primarily to emphasize how she was a bad girl on screen and off Gloria Swanson gets billing only for her role as Norma Desmond the washed up diva in Sunset BoulevardI expected Thomson to give at least a cameo to some of the pioneering female film directors Alice Guy Blach Ida May Park and Lois Weber Nothing Nor does he mention the well documented fact that during the silent era because film was considered a low class medium and a passing fancy women controlled the industry Most of the important stars were women many of them had their own production companies regularly hiring women as directors producers editors writers and technicians Four excellent books on the subject are Ally Acker s Reel Women Pioneers of the Cinema 1896 to the Present Women Filmmakers in Early Hollywood by Karen Ward Mahar Early Women Directors by Anthony Slide Without Lying Down Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywoodby Cari BeauchampAs for the talkies Thomson omits Dorothy Arzner who directed a string of bankable movies starring actresses such as Rosalind Russell Merle Oberon Claudette Colbert Joan Crawford Katherine Hepburn giving many of them their debuts Negligible coverage goes to bombshells Greta Garbo Marlene Dietrich and Katherine Hepburn Mae West Besides creating one hell of a screen presence and persona she was a highly successful playwright and screenwriter who brought the subject of sexuality and eroticism to the big screen in a big way She saved Paramount from financial ruin and launched Cary Grant s career Thomson of course covers him amply West s name appears once in Thomson s book on a list Jean Harlow Nowhere The phenomenal fast talking dames of 30s comedy Irene Dunne Myrna Loy Jean Arthur Hardly noted His pages on Ingrid Bergman exist only to describe her as a compulsive man izer and revel in her public downfall following her affair with Roberto Rossellini whom he lauds as a collector of spectacular women Thomson waxes lyrical about Howard Hawks Frank Capra Alfred Hitchcock King Vidor Fritz Lang Eisenstein Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart all of whom are wonderfully worthy subjects but hardly alone in giving birth to the movies And so it goes on and on and on Women s contribution to world cinema is virtually ignored by Thomson right up to the presentREAD THE REST OF THE COLUMN HERE AT WWWBOOKSLUTCOM

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summary The Big Screen 108 E altogether The entranced audience has become a model for powerless and anxiety ridden citizens trying to pursue happiness and dodge terror by sitting uietly in a dark roomDoes the big screen take us out into the world or merely mesmerize us That is Thomson's uestion in this grand adventure of a book vital to anyone trying to make sense of the age of screens the age that than ever we are living in. It should surprise nobody who knows Thomson s work that this grand statement on film is as idiosyncratic as it is authoritative the work of a mystic as much as a scholar Everyone s going to be puzzled by some of his inclusions and annoyed at some of his omissions perhaps he would be himself if he read it back now Though the criticism I ve seen that it erases women from the story does seem unfair Leni Riefenstahl gets treated at length Slim Keith pretty much takes over Howard Hawks chapter and Ingrid Bergman gets one to herself Are these the women we d have preferred Perhaps not for myself I think both Hepburns deserve page time than they get as exemplars in their different ways of what a star should or can be But women they are and it s not as if Thomson doesn t engage with film as male gaze take The Godfather to task for its one great flaw of giving the women nothing to do celebrate the greater opportunities which have patchily arisen for female directors as the old ways have crumbled It s surely telling that both the films he tells us have most impressed him during the writing of the book were directed by women And plenty of big male figures or companies only get mentioned in passing too or omitted entirely Neither Hammer nor Harryhausen makes the index and stranger still nor does James Whale despite his line about the enthralling new world of gods and monsters being a perfect encapsulation of Thomson s thoughts on film Early on when he s muttering about the smaller screens which have taken the cinema s place in the hearts and eyes of the young there s a certain sense of an old man shouting at the cloud But as the book goes on you realise that Thomson knows those little screens were all the children of the big screen There s a recurrent note of fascinated horror at what his own idol the medium to which he s devoted his life has wrought There s a puritan lurking within the cineaste a part of him abidingly uneasy over the moral ambivalence of a form which invites us to admire the actor playing a killer at the same time as we abhor the killer I have tried to show how our attitudes to love identity desire and responsibility have been shaped by moviegoing he writes and the answer is often not a cheerful one One has to hope that the mullahs and Mary Whitehouses never read this book because it contains far too much they could use as ammunition At times he verges on the outright bonkers as when he suggests that consciousness itself may be an outmoded term He asks whether we ever had a choice or are we just helpless victims of the light as if humanity were nothing than moths who somehow contrived to start their own fire The scary thing is though do bear in mind that I ve been reading Peter Watts blog not long before writing this I m not altogether sure that he s altogether wrongNot that you have to buy into the big picture to find plenty of smaller insights here of course Whether or not you agree that the screen is a place where all films live anyway And they are fucking each other all the time you can still be intrigued by the connections that attitude has engendered in Thomson s mind Who knew that I Love Lucy s cameraman Karl Freund had also worked with Murnau on Lugosi s Dracula on Lang s Metropolis Yes that s the sort of thing which nowadays any of us could learn from IMDB the difference being Thomson knows which link to click aso on Murnau Thomson s detailed account of his methods has the surprising effect of making me realise that at least ua director Shadow of the Vampire seems to have been a startlingly accurate portrait And because he s so informed about what was to the extent of bizarre trivia like Lewis Selznick offering the beleaguered Tsar an acting job it has also enriched his ability to muse on what might have been I especially enjoyed the idea of Eisenstein working with the Marx Brothers instead of their sterner relative Karl s heirs Eually he sometimes uestions the plausibility of what did happen as when suggesting he may have made up Yul Brynner starring in a disastrous 1959 film of The Sound and the Fury Alas if he did it has passed now into consensus reality as such things sometimes willIf I seem overawed by this book then yes I am Though not so much so I can t uibble with bits here and there Thomson s use of the singular movie for the art form as a whole when the rest of us might say movies is as per the explanatory footnote comparing music and writing certainly defensible But it s also uite annoying and after an early enthusiastic use perhaps it was intended to have a distancing effect make us think anew it seems to get used much sparsely so perhaps he realised that himself yet had already had an argument about it so didn t feel he could entirely back down The story starts sensibly not with Edison or the Lumi re brothers but with the proto films of Eadweard Muybridge given which and the thread running through the story of film as a monstrous creation consuming its forebears and perhaps even meaning itself it s surprising Thomson doesn t make of the evocative synchronicity whereby the man Muybridge murdered was of all the careers he might have had a theatre critic And there s at least one thing which I m fairly sure must be a straigh up mistake we re told there were 23 million theatres in late twenties America to 18 million in 1933 but also that the population was 125 million and attendance 50 million So there was a cinema for every six people each of which got just over two annual visits I can t find the figures elsewhere myself but I suspect a decimal place has gone astray somewhereStill this is probably the keystone statement by a film writer who associates and rhapsodises like few in the business He can talk about directors with the best while recognising how provisional and temporary it was to treat the director as the big name He knows the classics though seldom deals with them predictably Kane is part of a chapter on Welles and other currents where Ambersons gets its own but he also exhumes Italian or Russian film makers whose names I ve never seen before though granted I m not the film buff some of my friends are especially when it comes to the artier end of things One of the things which proves to him that films have changed the world and not always for the better is the fact that a mediocre movie actor became President certainly the fact that the same role is now played by an actively terrible reality TV host seems to support many of the book s alarmist notions and serves as a great twist epilogue to something written in 2012 And yet for all that they may have done to corrode and ensorcel didn t the films give us enough that we still love them for it As Thomson says of Man With A Movie Camera A heart beats within it that says art is so much important and useless than cockamamie claims for political salvation And at the last while continuing to sound a note of decline he does at least have the grace to admit that cinema s death knell has been tolled prematurely many times before admitting that the simple complex fascination of the moving image will likely be around for a good while yet

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summary The Big Screen 108 The Big Screen tells the enthralling story of the movies their rise and spread their remarkable influence over us and the technology that made the screen as important as the images it carriesBut The Big Screen is not another history of the movies Rather it is a wide ranging narrative about the movies and their signal role in modern life The celebrated film authority David Thomson takes us around th. Madly hectically following my summary of 2017 in books comes this handy fun sized my year in movies which frankly and I probably shouldn t say this out loud have pound for pound given me actual fun than books this year I know it s mildly shocking 24 BEST MOVIES OF THE YEARNEWISH MOVIES Your Name Japanese anime how cutting edge I am but actually everybody will de dazzled and emotionally wrought up with the beauty and time trippy body switching complexities Most beautiful film for a long long while Our Little Sister another Japanese movie this one a drama in which practically nothing happens except people get on with each other really well The Florida Project completes a trilogy of three brilliant performances by little kids from recent years the other two are Jacob Tremblay in Room aged 8 and McKenna Grace in Gifted aged 11 Here we have Brooklynn Prince aged 7 coping wonderfully with life at the bottom of the pile actually all three of these kids do a lot of good coping It almost gives you hope for the future Tower this is a must see it s on Netflix an animation of the Charles Whitman massacre at the University of Texas in 1966 which was the first big ticket American massacre in an ongoing series The dazzling beauty of the graceful visuals smashes head on into the horror of the actual events and all of this intercut with interviews from the time and interviews with survivors from the present day Wow I was floored by this movie American Honey this is a must see Sasha Lane could be the grown up version of the kid in The Florida Project all tough sassy on the outside and not really that tough on the inside For a uick tour of American poverty see these two movies as a double bill The Disaster Artist could have been awful but this careful respectful homage to the worst movie ever The Room not to be confused with Room is just right They do tweak a couple of things like avoiding Lisa s nude scenes in order to concentrate on James Franco s bottom but as a fan of the Disaster Artist book I had no complaints at all You probably do need to see The Room before though The Death of Stalin well it s a sort of comedy but really only makes you smile in the way that all skulls do mirthlessly and bitterly It s very cartoony and has miles of style and you will like it Toni Erdmann a 3 hour long German comedy with the most uncomfortable cringe making nude scene in many many years Revanche Hidden Figures Hell or High water Manchester by the Sea DetroitOLD MOVIES WHICH I FINALLY CAUGHT UP WITH Celine and Julie Go Boating all three hours of it Started very whimsically lots of really silly magical realist nonsense and then just got progressively whimsical and hypnotised me into slithering right down the rabbit hole too I no longer know who I am Pretty Baby you couldn t make this movie today but Louis Malle could in 1978 with 12 year old Brooke Shields as a girl growing up in a New Orleans brothel and having the madam auction off her virginity and it not being that much of a big deal The morality of this movie which is all about why make such a big deal about such a little thing is guaranteed to amaze astonish and probably distress a modern viewer And it s all filmed and played so gracefully casually and beautifully too Recommended for anyone wishing to step outside their comfort zone When I call this one of the best movies I saw this year I should say this is really one of the most amazing Is it actually good Well not good like Goody Two Shoes that s for sure But then again this year there was also a movie which challenged received opinion about sexual crime it was Elle starring the semi divine Isabelle Huppert note she must be the only actress to star in a movie the title of which is part of her own name but this was a truly terrible movie which appeared to be saying that for some women rape isn t that bad and maybe if you re lucky somebody will come in and bop the rapist with a blunt object and everything will end happily So that was I think the worst movie of the year Even Dwarves Started SmallThe African ueenMillions Like UsElmer GantryThe Shop on Main StreetA Streetcar Named DesireI Want to LiveThe uiet manThe Bridge on the River KwaiAll of these are recommended I could go on about each one but let me for once be merciful

  • Hardcover
  • 528
  • The Big Screen
  • David Thomson
  • English
  • 05 April 2019
  • 9780374191894