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The New Yorker Theater and Other Scenes from a Life at the Movies Hardcover – October 20, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; First Edition edition (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231145667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231145664
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Will give readers with more than a casual interest in movies a look at some key people who influenced New Cinema.

(Library Journal)

[ The New Yorker Theater] will certainly appeal to film buffs, to New Yorkers, and to celebrity watchers. And there are valuable materials for cinematic historians as well.

(Richard Horwich The East Hampton Star)

A rare and valuable historical record of a special time.

(James Monaco Cineaste 1900-01-00)

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Toby Talbot has brilliantly recorded and resurrected an exciting period in the cultural history of New York City and the world's cinema. In the process, she has provided a vivid portrait of her pioneering husband, Dan Talbot, and the array of film enthusiasts who assembled under his banner.

(Andrew Sarris, author of The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929-1968)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By abaccordion on February 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
How terrific the New Yorker theater and New Yorker films were, and how awful this book is. If it was merely poorly written it would be alright, but the book is full of factual mistakes. For a film person like Toby Talbot to talk about Michel Simon's "luminous expression in Jean Vigo's L'Atalante as he sails down the Seine with his new bride," when Michel Simon wasn't the husband, he was the ship hand, clearly means she didn't pay any attention when she was writing. Calling "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" 'Now let us Praise Famous Men" means she and the editors were asleep at the wheel or just didn;t care.And having the 1968 Cuban film 'Memories of Underdevelopment" deal with the Mariel boat lift of 1980 means she relied on faulty memory and never bothered checking anything she wrote. I could go on for pages listing mistakes, but it would be a waste of time, as was the time I spent reading this. A disgraceful performance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By firecoalman on December 24, 2010
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This book has a very special meaning for me - I worked at New Yorker Books 1969-72 and Dan Talbot was very generous in giving us bookstore employees free passes to the theater. There I discovered movies that live in me today - the early Polanskis, Gospel according to St. Matthew, as well as the Busby Berkeleys from the 30's, etc., etc., etc. So many of the personalities from the neighborhood back then are brought back to life. A culturally rich New York that had so many inexpensive pleasures - definitely not the Upper West Side of today. The jazz studio behind the bookstore. And Ms. Talbot provides deep insight into the economics of running the theater back then (pages from the Theater ledger) and the evolution of foreign film distribution. A reprint of the very ad in the NY Times that I believe drew me to the theater and the bookstore in 1969. Early film notes by Chandler Brossard and Peter Bogdanovich. It's all here - nostalgia right down to the heartache for anyone there at the time. Also a terrific list of award-winning foreign films up to the present. A great insight into the evolution of the independent film movement for today's students.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ROROTOKO on December 11, 2009
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"The New Yorker Theater and Other Scenes from a Life at the Movies" is on the ROROTOKO list of cutting-edge intellectual nonfiction. Professor Talbot's book interview ran here as cover feature on November 27, 2009.
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