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I Found it at the Movies: Reflections of a Cinephile by [French, Philip]
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There is a tiny number of British film critics who are really responsible and serious and understand true cinema and he is the doyen. --Mike Leigh

It's very rare that you find someone who manages to find a way of writing that expresses the essence of the emotional experience of watching a film and Philip manages to do that beautifully and succinctly. --Neil Jordan

Philip believes that cinema is the art form for the world's people... If Philip goes out and chances his arm on backing somebody, it means more to the industry than any other writer. --Richard Attenborough

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Philip French was born in Liverpool in 1933, and after service as an officer with the Parachute Regiment in the Middle East he read law and edited The Isis at Oxford before going on to study journalism at Indiana University. For over 30 years he was a producer for BBC Radio, specialising in programmes on the arts and American affairs. From the early 1960s he has been a regular contributor to numerous magazines and newspapers ranging from Sight & Sound to the TLS, and from the Financial Times to The Observer, where he's written a weekly film column since 1978. His books as author or editor include The Age of Austerity (1963), The Movie Moguls (1969), Westerns (1973), Three Honest Men: Edmund Wilson, F.R. Leavis, Lionel Trilling (1980), Malle on Malle (1992), The Faber Book of Movie Verse (1993), Cult Movies (1999), and Westerns and Westerns Revisited (2005). He was a Booker Prize judge in 1986, served on the jury at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, was given a life achievement award by the Critics Circle in 2003, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Lancaster in 2006, became the first critic to be made a Lifetime Honorary Member of BAFTA in 2008, and in 2009 was named Critic of the Year in the National Press Awards.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847771297
  • Publisher: Carcanet Film (1 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BTHDOE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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This, as Philip French explains in his introduction, is the first of three planned volumes of his "occasional writings" from the early sixties to the present day. Subsequent volumes will cover film reviews and obituaries, and pieces on writers: this one is a series of themed essays on aspects of the cinema. The title alludes, of course, to Pauline Kael's famous "I Lost It At The Movies". French clearly loves the cinema as much as Kael did, and is at least as well-informed, but is a much more benign companion.

The items here range from 1964 to 2009 and, apart from the opener (an obituary for his mentor David Sylvester) are presented in chronological order. Many were taken from his regular column in The Observer. Some pieces are very much about the time in which they were written (such as a quietly scathing overview of Swinging London cinema, from 1966) while others are for the ages (such as a discussion of the Englishness of Alfred Hitchcock, from 1985). However, all remain highly readable and pertinent. The topics are very wide-ranging (not many other critics can cover both Doris Day and Joe-Bob Briggs) but the prose is consistently accessible, understated and witty. French has the knack of making very clear, and often quite damning, comments in an dry, constructive way. Compared to Kael, he is a stilleto between the ribs rather than a baseball bat round the bonce: just as effective, but less attention-seeking and more urbane. His even-handed comments on Lindsay Anderson sum up his abilities: they're clearly appreciative, but he is not only aware of, but very clear about, Anderson's failings. Elsewhere, he dissects a book on film noir which sounds insufferably pretentious, but does so whilst also emphasising its strengths and that makes the criticisms even more damning.
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A fine collection of essays, some of them now a little faded, written by the doyen of British film critics.
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Tres bon!
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A different way of looking at the cinema. Really entertaining.
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