For nearly half a century, Philip French s writing on cinema has been essential reading for filmgoers, cinephiles, and anyone who enjoys witty, intelligent engagement with the big screen This collection brings together some of the best of French s film writing fromtoand explores a variety of topics, including British cinema, the Addams family, Satyajit Ray, Doris Day, Hollywood, and Hitchcock A generous and enthusiastic compilation, this book is an illuminating companion to the world of cinema


10 thoughts on “I Found it at the Movies: Reflections of a Cinephile

  1. Jarvo Jarvo says:

    Philip French was one of the UK s most respected film citics and rightly so His writings always insightful, but normally modest He wears his learning lightly, and has a preference for history he really does love relating any given film to a dozen orantedecents over theory This is a collection of his writings which weren t film reviews As such the contents are quite variable, not so much in terms of quality but in terms of scope The longer pieces especially the ones on Hitchcock, o Philip French was one of the UK s most respected film citics and rightly so His writings always insightful, but normally modest He wears his learning lightly, and has a preference for history he really does love relating any given film to a dozen orantedecents over theory This is a collection of his writings which weren t film reviews As such the contents are quite variable, not so much in terms of quality but in terms of scope The longer pieces especially the ones on Hitchcock, on gangster movies, and on cold war movies are the most rewarding, whilst some of the shorter pieces are just a little perfunctory The focus is mainly on British and American film Early on French opines that the qualifications for being a film critic aren t really clear, and that the job is given to people who wouldn t be trusted reviewing the visual arts or theatre, and film critics are always at risk because every newspaper editor s wife thinks they are an expert on film A relaxed approach to hiring is often reflected in the quality of the work produced, with very few film critics achieving much disticntion, which I suppose means we should be doubly grateful for the exceptions like French


  2. Steve Steve says:

    I hope to come back to this at some point and write a review, but for now, I will just quote a joke by Philip French from this book I don t know much about philately, but I know what I lick.Thank you, Mr French.