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How to Watch a Movie

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An enlightening guide to all the magical workings of watching film from 'a giant in the world of film criticism' (The Times)

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David Thomson, 'without doubt, the greatest living film historian' (LA Times), is the author of the seminal New Biographical Dictionary of Film, now in its sixth edition, Have You Seen ... ?, Nicole Kidman and The Big Screen. Born in London, Thomson now lives in San Francisco.


Chatty and authoritative...both wonderfully informative and a beautifully written paean to the movies and their continuing ability to inspire and enthral. -- Ian Critchley * Sunday Times * Highly readable and wickedly smart, this title will inspire both lay film fans and film students to watch more closely. * Library Journal * Of the medium's many distinguished critics, none is better informed or more authoritative than David Thomson * Spectator * Confirms yet again that [Thomson] has the most learned and independent eyes in the criticism business. Somehow he freshens everything. -- Leon Wieseltier Thomson assuredly seeks to expose the magician's many secrets - but only so we can all access a better appreciation of the wonder of film... An enjoyably deep dive into the interaction between cinema and psyche. * Kirkus * Thoughtfully pondered and poetically covered * Booklist * The best writer on film in our time -- Michael Ondaatje One of the liveliest, most literate, productive, provocative and daring movie critics -- Philip French * Observer * The greatest biographical writer about film of all time * Sunday Times * A giant in the world of film criticism * The Times *

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