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Title A light in the dark : a history of movie directors / David Thomson.
Author Thomson, David, 1941- author.
Publication New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2021.
Edition First American edition.
Description 288 pages ; 22 cm
Call # 791.43023 T
Note Includes index.
Summary "Directors operate behind the scenes managing actors, establishing a cohesive creative vision, at times literally guiding our eyes with the eye of the camera. But we are often so dazzled by the visions onscreen that it is easy to forget the individual who is off-screen orchestrating the entire production--to say nothing of their having marshalled a script, a studio, and other people's money. David Thomson, in his usual brilliantly insightful way, shines a light on the visionary directors who have shaped modern cinema and, through their work, studies the very nature of film direction. With his customary candor about his own delights and disappointments, Thomson analyzes both landmark works and forgotten films from classic directors such as Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Renoir and Jean-Luc Godard, as well as contemporary powerhouses such as Jane Campion, Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino. He shrewdly interrogates their professional legacies and influence in the industry, while simultaneously assessing the critical impact of an artist's personal life on his or her work. He explores the male directors' dominance of the past, and describes how diversity can change the landscape. Judicious, vivid and witty, A Light in the Dark is yet another required Thomson text for every movie lover's shelf"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- History.
Motion picture producers and directors -- History and criticism.
Related To Reproduction of (manifestation): Thomson, David. Light in the dark London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2020 9780297608417
Online version: Thomson, David. Light in the dark New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2021. 9780593318164 (DLC) 2020017734
ISBN 9780593318157 :
0593318153 :

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