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Here’s a great gift idea for the movie nyerd in your life. Thomson is terrific fun to read even when you don’t agree with him.

Here’s a few other movie books of note…

“Lulu in Hollywood,” By Louise Brooks:

“The Parade’s Gone By,” By Kevin Brownlow.

“Picture,” By Lillian Ross:

“The Pat Hobby Stories,” By F. Scott Fitzgerald:

“Hitchcock,” By Francois Truffaut:

“Chinatown and The Last Detail: Two Screenplays,” By Robert Towne:


2 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 20, 2010 11:08 am

Nice. Your BOY Andrew Sarris. Cool.

3 Matt Blankman   ~  Dec 20, 2010 11:09 am

Actually, Amazon has a 3-fer of Sarris, Kael's "I Lost It at the Movies" and the complete film writings of Manny Farber for under $50. I'd say that's a great introduction to the three great American film critics.

4 Matt Blankman   ~  Dec 20, 2010 11:12 am

Also, I keep meaning to read Thomas Schatz' "The Genius of the System," which I probably should have read in college.

5 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 20, 2010 11:38 am

That's a good one. And don't sleep on James Agee.

6 Matt Blankman   ~  Dec 20, 2010 11:54 am

Thomson's fun - he's so bright and a good writer. He's also a pompous schmo sometimes. His casual dismissals of Ford and Fellini, among others, are pretty hilariously wrong. It used to upset me, now I just laugh and enjoy his prose.

7 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 20, 2010 12:16 pm

7) Ditto. He's not too keen on Altman or even Scorsese or Woody or Mel. But he LOVES Phillip Seymour Hoffman and P.T. Anderson. But you are right, he's just fun to read even when I think he's way off base.

8 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 20, 2010 12:17 pm

Matt, this Thomson book comes highly recommended. Looks like something you'd love: http://tinyurl.com/2697kha

9 Matt Blankman   ~  Dec 20, 2010 12:21 pm

[7] Right - the guys loves PT Anderson and then calls Ford's Grapes of Wrath "hollow." Yeeeeah, okay, David. Frankly, I also think he's self-consciously lobbing bombs, but as Welles once said "The Pantheon is a perfectly legitimate shooting gallery." (Or something like that)

10 MDF   ~  Dec 20, 2010 2:11 pm

The Hitchcock book by Truffaut is a favorite of mine. IMO it contains some of the best discussion in print about the arts of directing and storytelling.

It's posts like this that keep me coming back to BB several times a day, even in the off-season.


11 Alex Belth   ~  Dec 20, 2010 2:21 pm

10) You bet,! Thanks for the kind words. The wife watched one of her favs over the weekend, "Rebecca."

12 Matt Blankman   ~  Dec 20, 2010 3:51 pm

10, 11) I love the Truffaut book and "Rebecca." Dame Judith Anderson, man oh man. (And Joan Fontaine was a looker)

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