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Movies have captivated audiences for generations. The visionaries gave us the silent era classics that still retain the power to astonish. The modern practitioners work within the milieu of a digital revolution and computer effects, but we can strip away the computer generated imagery (CGI) because it is about captivation; we must remain in thrall to the big screen otherwise we lose interest.

In DK's The Movie Book - Big Ideas Simply Explained, graduate film school and the pedagogy of criticism are skipped in favour of making the inspirations and messages of the movies we love (or loathe!), accessible and understandable. As the introduction states, 
"Some of the movies in this book were adored by critics; others were pure crowd-pleasers. Quite a few were neither, flops that later generations then realized were masterpieces." 

Pauline Keal, arguably the most famous of modern movie critics noted, "When you clean them up, when you make movies respectable, you kill them." And there's the rub, storytelling is part and parcel of our DNA. Are movies art imitating life, life imitating art, neither, or a bit of both? It doesn't matter. Like life, great movies are as memorable as they may be messy. 

Before the advent of the written word our great ancestors gathered around the fire passing stories down from generation to generation. Great movies, be they epic representations of David Lean's expansive vision or irreverent productions of Terry Gilliam's absurdist humor, are in essence great stories.

Cinema gets into the depths of our minds, and continues to haunt our thoughts beyond the screening. We are audiences to the whims of a director's execution. To wit, Fritz Lang argued, 
"Each picture has some sort of rhythm, which only the director can give it." 

The advent of the silver screen was one of the greatest inventions that brought stories to life. Audiences have been hooked for generations. They wanted more. They still want more. More stories that would keep them up at night. Martin Scorsese said, 
"No matter where the cinema goes, we cannot afford to lose sight of its beginnings." 

Showcasing some of the best movies of the last 100 years, the book answers the burning questions we have. Award seasons come and go. Oscars are remembered for those that win and the glitz and glamour but long after the award shows are over, The Movie Book - Big Ideas Simply Explained will be there to adorn your coffee table or book shelf and help you understand the unforgettable classics and hidden gems.  


DK Books are a gem of knowledge. Each one aims to educate and enlighten, while enriching our lives with a thirst for curiousity. Here's the preview DK Big Ideas Boutique