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The big screen : the story of the movies

Author: David Thomson
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The Big Screen" tells 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.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Thomson
ISBN: 9780374191894 0374191891 9780374534134 0374534136
OCLC Number: 778422496
Description: viii, 595 pages, [16] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Let there be light --
pt. 1. The shining light and the huddled masses : A cheap form of amusement ; The era of Sunrise ; The cinema of winter ; M ; State film, film state ; The extraordinary adventures of Mr. Bolshevik in the West ; 1930s Hollywood ; France ; Renoir ; American ; Ambersons ; Howard Hawks : the "Slim" years ; Films were started ; Brief encounter ; War ; Italian cinema ; Ingrid sees a movie ; Sing a noir song --
pt. 2. Sunset and change --
pt. 3. Film studies --
pt. 4. 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.
Responsibility: David Thomson.

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"The Big Screen" tells 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.

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