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How to Watch a Movie

How to Watch a Movie by David Thomson
Jan 24, 2017 | 256 Pages
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“Your everyman guide to cinema. . . . Heady but practical.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“A love story. . . . A book that will get you thinking about the magic of film.” —NPR
“David Thomson’s love affair with the movies is one of the great blessings of our culture. How to Watch a Movie confirms yet again that he has the most learned and independent eyes in the criticism business. Somehow he freshens everything.” —Leon Wieseltier
“Chatty and authoritative. . . . Both wonderfully informative and a beautifully written paean to the movies and their continuing ability to inspire and enthrall.” —The Sunday Times (London)
“Easygoing, essayistic. . . . This isn’t an academic manual or Movies for Dummies. You read Thomson for contact with an urbane and provocative intelligence.” —The Washington Post

Table Of Contents

1 Are We Having Fun?
2 Screens 
3 Alone Together? 
4 See It Once, Watch It Twice? 
5 Watching and Seeing 
6 What Is Cinematic Information? 
7 What Is a Shot? 
8 What Is a Cut, and Does It Hurt? 
9 What Do You Hear? 
10 What Is a Story, and Does It Matter? 
11 Who Makes These Movies? 
12 What Does a Hero Do?  
13 Can You See the Money? 
14 The Document and the Dream 
15 Where Is the Screen? 


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