David Thomson - Sleeping with Strangers (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Partnership with the California Film Institute

From the celebrated film critic and author of The Biographical Dictionary of Film comes Sleeping with Strangers, an original and seductive account of sexuality in the movies and of how actors and actresses on screen have fed our desire.

Film can make us want things we can not have. But, while sometimes rapturous, the interaction of onscreen beauty and private desire speaks to a crisis in American culture, one that pits delusions of male supremacy against feminist awakening and the spirit of gay resistance. Combining criticism, his encyclopedic knowledge of film history, and memoir, David Thomson examines how film has found the fault lines in traditional masculinity and helped to point the way past it toward a more nuanced understanding of what it means to be a person desiring others. Ranging from advertising to pornography, Rudolph Valentino to Moonlight, Rock Hudson to Call Me By Your Name, Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant to Phantom Thread, Thomson shows us the art and the artists we love under a new light. He illuminates the way in which film as art, entertainment, and business has been a polite cover for a kind of erotic séance. And he makes us see how the way we watch our movies is a kind of training for how we try to live.

David Thomson is the author of The Biographical Dictionary of Film, Moments That Made the Movies, and the pioneering novel Suspects, which was peopled with characters from film.

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781101946992
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf - January 29th, 2019

From the celebrated film critic and author of The Biographical Dictionary of Film, an original, seductive account of sexuality in the movies and of how actors and actresses on screen have fed our desire.