Moments that Made the Movies


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David Thomson takes us on an unprecedented visual journey re-examining a series of moments from seventy-two films across one hundred years

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David Thomson is a British film critic and historian based in the USA and the author of more than 20 books. His reference works in particular – Have You Seen...?: A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films and The New Biographical Dictionary of Film – have been praised as works of high literary merit and eccentricity. John Banville called him ‘the greatest living writer on the movies’.


'David Thomson is the best writer on film in our time. He is our most argumentative and trustworthy historian of the screen' - Michael Ondaatje

'Probably the greatest living film critic and historian … writes the most fun and enthralling prose about the movies since Pauline Kael' - Benjamin Schwarz, The Atlantic Monthly

'Thomson has been one of the liveliest, most literate, productive, provocative and daring movie critics for more than 40 years … elegantly designed and handsomely produced … witty and full of insights' - Independent

'[Thomson’s] long experience with writing accessible, entertaining, idiosyncratic, erudite and enlightening movie books led him to the most delightful one of all, 'Moments that Made the Movies'. Trust me. This is a keeper' -

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