POSTED October 27 2013

David Thomson’s “Moments That Made the Movies”

628x471David Thomson favors close readings over unified field theories. His latest, Moments That Made the Movies, comes at 70 individual film, usual suspects and irregulars alike, by way of a defining sequence. The consistent delight of he book that samples both the thin-crust (When Harry Met Sally) and deep-dish (The Passenger), is how often Thomson encourages the reader t see how often the microcosm is both macro and cosmic.

Read more of my review here.

While I consider Thomson’s New Biographical Dictionary of Film one of the foundational volumes in the library of a cinephile, often I disagree with his career assessments. For instance he’s  more passionate about Warren Beatty than I am, and cooler towards Robert Redford. Do you find yourself agreeing or disagreeing with him?



  1. David Cohen says:

    I enjoy reading him, particularly when it comes to actors and the arcs of their careers, but often disagree with him – first and foremost, about John Ford.

  2. I enjoyed reading your beautifully written and thoughtful review of the Thomson’s book, but I must say that the two Thomson items quoted concerning Fred Astaire/The Band Wagon and A History of Violence can only be described as “deeply superficial.” Curtis Roberts

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