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The big screen : the story of the movies

Author: David Thomson
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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The Big Screen tells the enthralling story of the movies and their signal role in modern life: their rise and spread, their remarkable influence over us, and the technology that made the screen smaller now, but ever more unbiquitous as important as the images it carries."--
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Thomson
ISBN: 9780374534134 0374534136
OCLC Number: 860754924
Description: viii, 595 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 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 and their signal role in modern life: their rise and spread, their remarkable influence over us, and the technology that made the screen smaller now, but ever more unbiquitous as important as the images it carries."--

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