Moments that Made the Movies


An unprecedented visual journey re-examining a series of moments from seventy-two films across 100 years


ISBN: 9780500291559 Category:

David Thomson


In the first fully illustrated work of his illustrious career, David Thomson takes readers on an unprecedented visual journey re-examining a series of moments from 72 films across 100 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’ * Bringing Up Baby * Gone With the Wind * The Shop Around the Corner * Casablanca * Tokyo Story * The Night of the Hunter * The Searchers * Psycho * The Exterminating Angel * Pierrot le Fou * Blow-Up * Bonnie and Clyde * The Godfather * The Shining * When Harry Met Sally * A History of Violence * The Piano Teacher * Zodiac … plus dozens more

This new edition contains added entries on 24t, The Way Back, Stories We Tell and All is Lost.

Additional information

Weight 1424 g
Dimensions 20.9 x 25.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 October 2014
Number of pages 320
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 20.9 x 25.6 cm
Weight 1424 g


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David Thomson is a British film critic and historian based in the USA and the author of more than twenty 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'.