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I was afraid that this was going to be a very pedantic, professorial book about film criticism, but it's not like that. It does include all the different schools of thought about film - the auteur theory, mise en scene and all that - but it remains interesting throughout, grounded in facts and anecdotes and focusing on the greatest films of all time - I wound up with an enormous new list of "must see" movies, not because the authors said so, but they made them so interesting to me.
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What made the experience of listening to A Short History of Film the most enjoyable?
The comprehensive overview of movie history that never loses the thread.
What was one of the most memorable moments of A Short History of Film?
Realising how many classic films I want to find and watch, especially more with Alec Guiness in them.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Yes, but the narrator has a very annoying habit of making little pauses before emphasis and when titles and concepts are mentioned, which makes it sound as though the narrator is surprised by this every single. It gets very annoying, but does not stand in the way of the information - only of great enjoyment. There is also a slight tendency to a movie trailer-like sentimentality in the narration from time to time.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
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