By choosing his favourite movie "moments," David Thomson is just looking for pretext: He can't resist telling us everything he knows about filmby Clive James / November 14, 2013 / Leave a comment
Published in December 2013 issue of Prospect Magazine
Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire in The Band Wagon (1953): “the climactic number, choreographed by Michael Kidd, is akin to nothing else”
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Movie critics in old age can be excused for remembering a moment from any given movie, rather than the whole thing. They might even decide that they never experienced anything except as a collection of fragments, and that all those old coherent memories were an illusion. Certainly I, when I learned that David Thomson had written this book, thought he might be on to something. Just recently I switched to the Film4 channel and found the screen full of a man’s thigh. I knew immediately it was Brad Pitt in Troy.