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Author Thomson, David, 1941-
Title The big screen : the story of the movies / David Thomson.
Published New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012.
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 Floor4  PN1993.5.U6 T463 2012    IN LIBRARY
Edition 1st ed.
Description viii, 595 p., [16] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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 of Sinatra? ; The numbers and the numbness -- Epilogue: I wake up screening.
Summary "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.
Subject Motion pictures -- Social aspects -- United States.
Motion pictures -- United States -- History.
ISBN 0374191891 (alk. paper)
9780374191894 (alk. paper)
OCLC number 778422496