David Thomson, film historian and author of “The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies,” didn’t want to write just any history of cinema. “The Big Screen” is a narrative about what the movies have meant to people, an account of their impact on culture and their transformation as film became a predominant part of mainstream storytelling. Thomson’s book is not film history only for film historians – “The Big Screen” considers questions that movie-lovers of all walks ask themselves: What’s special about film? How does what we watch reflect back on us?
David Thomson, film historian and author of “The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)