The Film Club

The Film Club

eBook - 2011
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From the 2005 winner of the Governor-General's Award for Fiction and the former national film critic for CBC television comes a delightful and absorbing book about the agonies and joys of home-schooling a beloved son. Written in the spare elegant style he is known for, "The Film Club" is the true story about David Gilmour's decision to let his 15-year-old son drop out of high school on the condition that the boy agrees to watch three films a week with him. The book examines how those pivotal years changed both their lives. From French New Wave, Kurosawa, and New German cinema, to De Palma, film noir, Cronenberg and Billy Wilder, among many others from world cinema, we read about key moments in each film, as the author teaches his son about life and the vagaries of growing up through the power of the movies. Replete with page-turning descriptions of scenes and actors and directors, the narrative is framed with the tender story of his son's first bittersweet first loves. This is a charming and poignant story about a very special time in a father and son's relationship. David Gilmour is a novelist who has earned critical praise from literary figures as diverse as William Burroughs and Northrop Frye, and from publications as different as the New York Times to People magazine. The author of six novels, he also hosted the award-winning Gilmour on the Arts. He lives in Toronto with his wife Tina Gladstone.
Publisher: Toronto :, Thomas Allen Publishers,, 2011
ISBN: 9780887623493
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

This is a wonderful biography that promotes intense debate and is a delight to read. With his son failing miserably at school, Gilmour decides to offer him the opportunity to take a year off if he agrees to watch three films a week with his father. One year turns into three, and father and son go on a rollercoaster ride of emotion as the son suffers the slings and arrows of romance and Gilmour suffers the cruelties of the job market. You will never look at movies the same way again.

Apr 24, 2014

Fifteen-year-old Jesse could leave school under a couple of conditions. One: he had to avoid getting involved with drugs. Two: he had to watch three movies a week with his father, a former film critic. Dad picked the films, and all Jesse had to do was pay attention. What followed is one of the riskiest experiments in alternative education I have ever seen. Was David 100% sure this was an ideal solution? Heck no, but he thought it was worth a try.

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Nov 29, 2012

Reading this light biography is worth it for the movie information alone – I feel inspired to make a copy of the index in this book and watch every film on it. The family dynamic surrounding the film club is also fascinating. We get a frank look right into how a family is living at a crucial time in a teenager’s life. It was hard to cringe past what seems like appallingly bad parenting decisions, but this family is still understandable even while running in completely different circles than I do.

Dec 31, 2011

Father son relationship stuff. Feels very true.

Aug 02, 2011

An easy and quick read. I was really interested in the whole family dynamic. The relationship he has with his teenage son and ex wife was surprising to me. I was more interested in the movie descriptions than anything. You can really tell the passion David has for film and it really made me want to watch the movies he was describing and look for the scenes that had such an impact on him.

Aug 24, 2010

I always like David Gilmour as a filem critic and really enjoyed this glimpse into his and his family's life. Especially enjoyed the references to movies and movie techniques as well as the 'prairie' connection. It was refreshing to read about a spouse's fond regard for an ex rather than the expose type bashing that passes for a book today.

ser_library Jul 03, 2010

even though i do not see movies in the theatre or on dvd i loved this quick read

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