How to Watch a Movie
You've been watching movies for most of your life. But often you're not quite sure what you think, or why. Should you see a movie in company or alone? How many times can you see it? What's the difference between watching and seeing? What is a shot, and what is a cut? Are we watching people, characters or actors – or is it all of them at the same time?
Now David Thomson has written a primer with the answers. He refers to hundreds of films, and many of them are models for moviegoing –Rear Window, Citizen Kane, Rebel Without a Cause, Blow Up, Casino. How to Watch a Movieis deeply informed and often comic and, with asides on subjects from Velazquez's Las Meninasto taking a photograph of someone you love, it is a reminder that seeing isn't just for the dark – it is our
essential link with life.