Murder and the Movies

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Murder and the Movies

Murder and the Movies

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Murder and the Movies

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David Thomson

Hardcover | 13.97 x 2.22 x 21.59 cm | 240 pp

Yale University Press | 2020 | 9780300220018

How many acts of murder have each of us followed on a screen? What does that say about us? Do we remain law-abiding citizens who wouldn’t hurt a fly?  Film historian David Thomson, known for wit and subversiveness, leads us into this very delicate subject. While unpacking classics such as SevenKind Hearts and CoronetsStrangers on a TrainThe ConformistThe Godfather, and The Shining, he offers a disconcerting sense of how the form of movies makes us accomplices in this sinister narrative process.
 
By turns seductive and astringent, very serious and suddenly hilarious, 
Murder and the Movies admits us into what Thomson calls “a warped triangle”: the creator working out a compelling death; the killer doing his and her best; and the entranced reader and spectator trying to cling to life and a proper sense of decency.

“[Thomson’s] analysis of death in Hitchcock movies is gorgeous. His restlessness is palpable. There is an anxiety in this brief, hurried book that suits these political and medical times.”  NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

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