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Warning Shadows: Home Alone with Classic Cinema

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In his illuminating new work, Gary Giddins explores the evolution of film, from the first moving pictures and peepshows to the digital era of DVDs and online video-streaming. New technologies have changed our experience of cinema forever; we have peeled away from the crowded theater to be home alone with classic cinema. Recounting the technological developments that films...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 19th 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2010)
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Sasha
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a movie studio in possession of a fortune must be in want of Great Books."

This is just one of many brilliant,eccentric and elegant chapter introductions in collection of magazine articles published between 2005 and 2009 (mostly in "The New York Sun") and now nicely preserved under title "Warning shadows: home alone with classic cinema" by Gary Giddins . Giddins, who is an excellent music critic shows that he is not limited on just one territory: he wr...more
Andy
Giddins is a great writer, one I'm used to reading more for his thoughts about jazz rather than film, but he knows both areas well. Warning Shadows is a collection of essays mostly discussing the releases of various DVD collections.

My two complaints about the book are these:

1. The book contains several categories that hold little interest for me, such as Musicals and Disney films. This is just my person tastes and not Giddins's fault.

2. Giddins often assumes too much previous knowledge of the...more
David
Collection of previously published pieces by Giddins about classic cinema. The articles were pegged to a DVD release(s) so they are a little basic and introductory for people who already know the films being discussed. Still Giddins is a very perceptive critic and almost always has something interesting to say.

Still waiting for Giddins' second volume of his Bing Crosby biography.
Diane
How does this man have time to be a music critic and apparently see every movie in the history of cinema (and he seems to remember everything), not to mention his terrific writing
psm
talking intelligently & engagingly about showbiz is harder than it looks. most can't. giddins can.
Jane
Lots of fun for people who enjoy old movies. This would make a good gift.
Bert
Giddins is best as a jazz writer but he writes about film well also.
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