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Big Screen The Story of the Movies

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ISBN-10: 0374191891

ISBN-13: 9780374191894

Edition: 2012

Authors: David Thomson

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The Big Screentells the enthralling story of the movies: their rise and spread, their remarkable influence in the war years, and their long, slow decline to a form that is often richly entertaining but no longer lays claim to our lives the way it once did.The Big Screenis not another history of the movies. Rather, it is a wide-ranging narrative about the movies and their signal role in modern life. At first, film was a waking dream, the gift of appearance delivered for a nickel to huddled masses sitting in the dark. But soon, and abruptly, movies began transforming our society and our perception of the world. David Thomson takes us around the globe, through time, and across many…    
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 608
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

David Thomson, author of“Have You Seen . . . ?”andThe New Biographical Dictionary of Film, is a regular contributor toThe Guardian,The Independent, The New York Times, Movieline, The New Republic,andSalon.He lives in San Francisco. From the Hardcover edition.

Prologue: Let There Be Light
The Shining Light and the Huddled Masses
A Cheap Form of Amusement
The Era of Sunrise
The Cinema of Winter
State Film-Film State
The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. Bolshevik in the West
1930s Hollywood
Howard Hawks: The "Slim" Years
Films Were Started
Brief Encounter
Italian Cinema
Ingrid Sees a Movie
Sing a Noir Song
Sunset and Change
Film Studies
Dread and Desire
Dread and Desire
To Own the Summer
Brave New Northern California World
What Is a Director?
Silence or Sinatra?
The Numbers and the Numbness
Epilogue: I Wake Up Screening