Film Expert David Thomson Discusses Career of Director Michael Powell

David Thomson: A Personal Introduction to 1000 Films
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Program: 
8:30 pm
RSVP Required

The Kansas City Public Library hosts noted film expert David Thomson for a discussion of his new book Have You Seen...? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films on Tuesday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Described by the Atlantic Monthly as “the greatest living film critic and historian,” Thomson will discuss his latest work, a generous history of film and enticing critical appraisal written with equal parts humor, passion, and historical knowledge. Not content to choose only his personal favorite films, Thomson offers a list that will surprise and delight readers. Click here for The Guardian review of Have You Seen…? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films; the Pitch Weekly preview of Thomson’s Library appearance may be found here.

During this presentation, Thomson will devote particular attention to the works of inimitable British filmmaker Michael Powell, whose “Archers” productions with collaborator Emeric Pressburger educated audiences as much as the film community. Thomson and the late Powell both taught film courses at Dartmouth College, so Thomson will share his personal perspective as well as a critical appraisal. Powell’s work has influenced such contemporary American directors as Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Wes Anderson.

Admission is free. Click here or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.

Rainy Day Books will be on hand to sell copies of Have You Seen...? Thomson will sign copies purchased during the event.

This presentation is a part of True Brits: The British Film Series, which is screening Powell and Pressburger films every Monday at 6:30 p.m. through November in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library.

Wed, 10/01/2008
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Film Expert David Thomson Discusses Career of Director Michael Powell <br>at Kansas City Public Library

In conjunction with True Brits: The British Film Series, film expert David Thomson shares his personal and critical perspective on seminal filmmaker and friend Michael Powell on Tuesday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Along with his frequent collaborator Emeric Pressburger, Powell directed a series of cinematic masterpieces – including the film-school standard Peeping Tom – that have influenced prominent American directors like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Wes Anderson. Thomson describes Powell as a sublime yet devious and essential director whose work educated audiences as much as filmmakers.

Described by the Atlantic Monthly as “the greatest living film critic and historian,” Thomson’s appearance is in conjunction with the release of his new book Have You Seen…? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films, a generous history of film and enticing critical appraisal written with equal parts humor, passion, and historical knowledge. Not content to choose only his personal favorite films, Thomson offers a list that will surprise and delight readers.

Rainy Day Books will be on hand to sell copies of Thomson’s books. The author will sign copies purchased during the event.

Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or RSVP online. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.