Book review: The Big Screen, By David Thomson
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize, 2014.
Friday 20 September 2013
This encyclopedic brick of a book takes us from the silent cinema era and William de Mille to the early Hollywood studio system, Renoir, the money side of film, colour musicals and a comprehensive brief on world cinema.
It parks itself, by the end, in the near present, with the likes of Inception and The Social Network. Its greatest achievement is a strong narrative thread, rendering it a good sequential read, rather than a mere reference book. To quibble over its few omissions is to be pedantic.
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