David Thomson in conversation with Jonathan Kiefer
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET, This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform.
Presented by City Lights in conjunction with Alfred Knopf and Zoetrope: All-Story
celebrating the book launch of
A Light In The Dark: A History of Movie Directors
published by Alfred Knopf
This is a virtual event that will be hosted by City Lights on the Zoom platform. You will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing the internet. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.
Event is free, but registration is required.
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From the celebrated film critic and author of The Biographical Dictionary of Film–an essential work on the preeminent, indispensable movie directors and the ways in which their work has forged, and continues to forge, the landscape of modern film.
"Thomson's own genius is his ability to remain one of the leading authorities on cinematic history, without shying away from the controversial. Cinephiles seeking provocative arguments will appreciate his work."
—Lisa Henry, Library Journal
"Compulsive reading: thoughtful and thought-provoking in equal measure. David Thomson's knowledge is comprehensive and his response to all films humane and entirely uncorrupted by the conventional hagiography of so much writing about film. He's engagingly unafraid of challenging received opinion."
—Richard Eyre, director
"David Thomson has spent his life thinking hard and deep about cinema, and so he's uniquely placed to write this lovely, brutal book about the glory of being a film-maker and vainglory of being an auteur."
—David Hare, screenwriter and playwright
"A Light in the Dark took over my life for two days. It is a summary of cinema and a requiem. Love and sadness. A prodigious masterwork."
—John Boorman, director, The Tailor of Panama
Founded by Francis Ford Coppola in 1997, Zoetrope: All-Story is a quarterly print magazine of short fiction, one-act plays, and essays on film. Among the most celebrated literary periodicals in the world, it has won every major story award, including four National Magazine Awards for Fiction, along with a number of design commendations. The magazine's contributors comprise the most promising and significant writers of our era: Mary Gaitskill, Colum McCann, Rachel Cusk, Jim Shepard, Elena Ferrante, Daniel Alarcón, Karen Russell, Yiyun Li, Jonathan Lethem, Wes Anderson, Elizabeth McCracken, David Mamet, Ha Jin, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Margaret Atwood, Pedro Almodóvar, Ethan Coen, Yoko Ogawa, Charles D'Ambrosio, Neil Jordan, Haruki Murakami, and many more.
Zoetrope: All-Story is also an art magazine—the editors invite a different artist to design each edition in its entirety. Past guest designers include David Lynch, Zaha Hadid, William Eggleston, Agnès Varda, Kara Walker, David Bowie, Ed Ruscha, Iggy Pop, Guillermo del Toro, Abbas Kiarostami, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, PJ Harvey, Elizabeth Peyton, Gus Van Sant, Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson, Julian Schnabel, Mary Ellen Mark, David Byrne, Helmut Newton, Lou Reed, and John Baldessari, among others.
The magazine is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December and printed in California.
To learn more visit: Zoetrope: All-Story
This event is sponsored by the City Light Foundation