Moments That Made the Movies

Telluride Film Festival


     Author, film critic and 2006 TFF Special Medallion recipient David Thomson's latest book, Moments that Made the Movies, takes readers on an unprecedented visual journey re-examining a series of moments from seventy-two films across one hundred years.
     Thomson’s moments range from a set of Eadward Muybridge’s pioneering photographs to sequences in films from the classic – Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevard and The Red Shoes – to the unexpected – The Piano Teacher, Burn After Reading – immersing the reader via images and the author’s narrative.
     In Moments that Made the Movies, with its combination of text and image, David Thomson can focus in on one scene, or even a few seconds of celluloid. As he writes, ‘there are surprises, offbeat choices, perhaps even capricious or provocative selections, as well as plenty of films that you might have guessed would be included – though not always with the moments you anticipated.’ His choices range from the silent era to the last decade, from Katherine Hepburn and Orson Welles to Brad Pitt and the Coen brothers, including:
    • Pandora’s Box 
    • M
    • The Shop Around the Corner
    • Bringing Up Baby
    • Gone with the Wind
    • Citizen Kane
    • Casablanca
    • The Red Shoes
    • The Night of the Hunter
    • The Searchers
    • Tokyo Story
    • Psycho
    • The Exterminating Angel
    • Pierrot le Fou
    • The Godfather
    • Chinatown
    • The Shining
    • When Harry Met Sally…
    • The Piano Teacher
    • Zodiac
    • Burn After Reading
… and dozens more. (Source: Thames and Hudson Publishers)
A limited number of signed copies are available.