Tom Sutcliffe
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In this collection of essays (which accompanied a BBC-TV series presented by the author), Thomas Sutcliffe looks past the dazzling surface of the movies at the ways in which they work their magic: be they Hollywood blockbusters or European 'arthouse' films. Watching is about how the simplest pleasures of cinema (from the satisfying impact of a well-filmed punch to the dreamlike wonder of a perfect close-up) have been crucial to the way in which the medium has evolved from a fairground novelty into the twentieth century's dominant form of cultural expression. Award-winning journalist Sutcliffe considers what is often forgotten in theoretical approaches to cinema - that it is an emotional experience before it is a cerebral one, that subconscious emotions can colour our conscious judgments. Read this book and you'll never watch films in the same way again.
  • About Tom Sutcliffe

    Tom Sutcliffe's musical career started as a boy chorister at Chichester Cathedral. After studying at Oxford University, he was a professional countertenor for six years, making his opera début in The Coronation of Poppea at Darmstadt in 1970, having worked as a soloist with Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He then edited the magazine Music and Musicians, and worked for the Guardian for 23 years - most notably as opera critic.$$$A regular broadcaster on radio and television, he has also written about opera in Vogue magazine and was British correspondent of Opera News, New York, as well as contributing to Opera Now and other specialist music journals. In 1998 he was dramaturg on a new production of The Turn of the Screw at the Monnaie in Brussels. He became opera critic of the Evening Standard in 1996.

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