Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire

Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire[PDF / Epub] ☉ Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire By David Thomson – Heartforum.co.uk 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 desi From the celebrated Strangers: How MOBI ☆ 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 desireFilm 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 Sleeping with Kindle - 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 nuanced understanding of what it means to be a person desiring others Ranging from advertising to pornography, Rudolph Valentino to Moonlight, Rock with Strangers: How PDF/EPUB å 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 s ance 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, renowned Strangers: How MOBI ☆ as one of the great living authorities on the movies, is the author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, now in its fifth edition His books include a biography of Nicole Kidman and The Whole Equation A History of Hollywood Thomson is also the author of the acclaimed Have You SeenA Personal Introduction to , Films Born in London in , he Sleeping with Kindle - now lives in San Francisco.

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    Import EPUB to the Program Import EPUB Rudolph Valentino to Moonlight, Rock with Strangers: How PDF/EPUB å 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 s ance And he makes us see how the way we watch our movies is a kind of training for how we try to live."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire
  • David Thomson
  • English
  • 06 April 2017
  • 1101946997

10 thoughts on “Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire

  1. Campbell Andrews says:

    Thomson s always worth reading but this is one hellishly confused book He s getting at something but he never grasps it he doesn t even settle on a consistent definition of gay, an identity action politic which gave rise to the volume in the first place.This is a morally incoherent work, with no guiding thesis but movies are sexy He hints at culpability and buries the lede of his connection to James Toback he confesses to infidelity but blithely dismisses the dissolution of marriage Thomson s always worth reading but this is one hellishly confused book He s getting at something but he never grasps it he doesn t even settle on a consistent definition of gay, an identity action politic which gave rise to the volume in the first place.This is a morally incoherent work, with no guiding thesis but movies are sexy He hints at culpability and buries the lede of his connection to James Toback he confesses to infidelity but blithely dismisses the dissolution of marriage He makes passing reference to porn but does not account for its pervasiveness in the digital age He lays out a history of sex in movies and ignores or misstates inconvenient details Altogether he reveals himself a very conventional thinker, regurgitating the accepted norms of ostensibly liberal, reasonable society.And then he ll bust out a revealing production anecdote or a summation to crystalizes his theories To me, those handful of moments are worth wading through the rest.A swath of cinema history will die with David Thomson I m not sure the movies, as he would recognize them, will last much past him

  2. Ron S says:

    Thomson is one of the most interesting and occasionally frustrating philosophers writing today who almost incidentally, it seems, uses cinema and television as the vehicle for his observations and criticism This book, given its focus, is sure to provoke strong reaction Given the cultural climate of MeToo, it seems fair to call this a courageous work as an example, not only does Thomson include a chapter on James Toback but refers to him as one of his best friends albeit without making Thomson is one of the most interesting and occasionally frustrating philosophers writing today who almost incidentally, it seems, uses cinema and television as the vehicle for his observations and criticism This book, given its focus, is sure to provoke strong reaction Given the cultural climate of MeToo, it seems fair to call this a courageous work as an example, not only does Thomson include a chapter on James Toback but refers to him as one of his best friends albeit without making any excuses for, or approving of, his behavior Note that publisher Knopf seems to have cold feet about all of this already the original subtitle of Male Supremacy, Gay Resistance, and Real Women at Last in the Movies has been changed to How the Movies Shaped Desire on the advance reader copy I received

  3. Michael Flick says:

    A nice mess, to put it in movie speak How marketing can destroy a potentially great book Not sure if the fault is with the publisher or the author probably some combination of both No hint as to what this book is about or why it was written until the end, the last three chapters Finally on page 271 it comes out my publisher was wondering about a book on how gays in Hollywood had meant so much for our movies and for our culture I was interested to read that book, and sometimes if you wa A nice mess, to put it in movie speak How marketing can destroy a potentially great book Not sure if the fault is with the publisher or the author probably some combination of both No hint as to what this book is about or why it was written until the end, the last three chapters Finally on page 271 it comes out my publisher was wondering about a book on how gays in Hollywood had meant so much for our movies and for our culture I was interested to read that book, and sometimes if you want to read a book you have to write it yourself Unfortunately, he didn t and couldn t do that 17 When you go to the movies, you take your own history with you The fantasy is about you Gays and movies is not the author s fantasy He takes great pains to make that clear Instead he recycles material, a lot of it from Scotty Bowers Full Service, pretty much only adding that a physician acquaintance in San Francisco boasted that Cary Grant had propositioned him in the early 1960s That tells nothing about Cary Grant but everything you need to know about that boasting physician Page 274 This is not a book intent on outing people but that s what it does with abandon About as close as it gets to what it supposedly is about is 316 just being at a movie and watching was a form of masturbation Outing gay actors and periodic mention of desire doesn t come anywhere close to a book aiming to be an account of gayness in movies 256 The author has obviously a broad knowledge of movies, but he aimlessly meanders and weaves, never getting to the point Incoherent Wrong author Wrong book

  4. Marshall says:

    Don t intend to make a habit of reviewing on Goodreads but this merits an exception what a repugnant collection of boomer rantings masquerading as criticism I began with frustration at Thomson s inability to recognize desire, the supposed topic of his book, as something with a physiological dimension rather than just existing subjectively for him to arbor Then I grew restless with his attempting to divine a queer angle on countless Hollywood classics from a position that felt determined to Don t intend to make a habit of reviewing on Goodreads but this merits an exception what a repugnant collection of boomer rantings masquerading as criticism I began with frustration at Thomson s inability to recognize desire, the supposed topic of his book, as something with a physiological dimension rather than just existing subjectively for him to arbor Then I grew restless with his attempting to divine a queer angle on countless Hollywood classics from a position that felt determined to forcibly out people or assign motives that cannot be substantiated in any credible fashion By the end, I was utterly appalled by his apologia for the men held to account by the reckoning of the MeToo movement An absolutely disgusting book Where was an editor on this This is an abject failure on virtually every possible level

  5. Meg Ulmes says:

    I want to give this book a four, but I just can t Some of it was interesting but much of it is way too skim worthy I glanced overthan half of the book Way too much philosophizing rather than writing to his topic Too much psychoanalysis of people, films, and situations If you re a real cinema lover go for it If not, no recommendation here.

  6. Michael says:

    This is a frustrating read for many reasons, but I found some of the speculation dubious For instance, Scotty Bowers claims to have had sex with Spencer Tracy while no other source has suggested Tracy had any homosexual relationships so why would Thomson give it enough credibility to be included here The book was originally set to deal with gayness in film, but I m guessing it was too meandering or too speculative to market it that way What we re left with feels insightful at times and like a This is a frustrating read for many reasons, but I found some of the speculation dubious For instance, Scotty Bowers claims to have had sex with Spencer Tracy while no other source has suggested Tracy had any homosexual relationships so why would Thomson give it enough credibility to be included here The book was originally set to deal with gayness in film, but I m guessing it was too meandering or too speculative to market it that way What we re left with feels insightful at times and like a bowel moment of the brain at others

  7. Bettie says:

    Sleeping With Strangers by David Thomson review a wrenching reappraisal of the silver screenThe veteran film writer s timely history of voyeurism in the movies speaks volumes in the age of Weinstein and Trump Sleeping With Strangers by David Thomson review a wrenching reappraisal of the silver screenThe veteran film writer s timely history of voyeurism in the movies speaks volumes in the age of Weinstein and Trump

  8. Burton says:

    I began to see how a book originally aiming to be an account of gayness in movies had to lead to something larger andthreatening Sound pretty interesting I thought so, too The problem Check out the summary of the book, if you like You won t find anything like what the quote describes I know, because I kept referencing it, looking to console a mounting sense of confusion and bewilderment as I plodded along page after page The quote above is not on page one It s not on page 25 or 1 I began to see how a book originally aiming to be an account of gayness in movies had to lead to something larger andthreatening Sound pretty interesting I thought so, too The problem Check out the summary of the book, if you like You won t find anything like what the quote describes I know, because I kept referencing it, looking to console a mounting sense of confusion and bewilderment as I plodded along page after page The quote above is not on page one It s not on page 25 or 105 In fact, it takes two hundred and fifty seven pages to get to the point This is an appalling case of burying a book s intent for no discernable reason than bad lazy sloppy take your pick editing my publisher was wondering about a book on how gays in Hollywood had meant so much for our movies and for our culture I was interested to read that book, and sometimes if you want to read a book you have to write it yourself That s page 271 Yeah.So the intent is clear, now, after 271 pages However, reflecting back on the previous content the book remains a confused and confusing ramble onwhat exactly How the institution of marriage is a sham, how gay is a liberated lifestyle showing our society the way forward and also, somehow, a style or something How movies may be so thoroughly founded on voyeurism that the form may be forever damned to encourage bad male behavior from the talent to the audience members Other ideas are tossed out, little context is ever given, few concrete arguments are made Memories of Thompson s youth are mixed at turns with weak philosophical musings, vague assertions about human sexuality and loads of bald faced gossip The focus of each chapter veers wildly like a drunk driver going 50 in a 35 while trying to punch his home address into Google maps If anything, Thompson unintentionally does damage to the idea of the fully liberated and fulfilled gay person by demonstrating how many otherwise heterosexual people in 1930s 50s Hollywood became rich, bored and so insecure that they indulged in homosexual behavior to try to sate their loneliness Do their same sex acts mean they were closeted by a repressive society or that society was opposed to wanton, selfish behavior that damages these people s communities and family members as thoroughly as unchecked male aggression Thompson s investigation of Hollywood rumors begs the question but never engages Many consider Thompson the premiere film critic in America Certainly, he manages a few sublime sentences and a chapter here or there that are genuinely thought provoking He acutely points out the inherent hypocrisy of the Golden Globes in 2018, where heartfelt speeches about female empowerment are mixed with beauty ads and the trailer for the next Fifty Shades movie Is there anything to recommend Burning Man, a chapter on the author s checkered relationship with the controversial filmmaker James Toback, is easily the most engaging of the book Doing It, Saying It is a fascinating read on the limits of depicting sex on screen Another strong essay goes deep on Paul Schrader s American Gigolo while ruminating on the Harvey Milk assassination One particularly strong graph lets you know what Thompson is capable of minor American Gigolo spoiler included I m being a little scathing of a film I m offering as beautiful That s not inconsistent it s in the nature of a great deal of film commentary It s also a reflection on the uncommon cultural status of the movies as it was emerging by 1980, when Hollywood was as near dead as Judy Rheiman in her final hours which is to say, luscious, inert, available, and hopeless Going to the movies has always had to face the question Are we expected to take this seriously and write about it as if it were Henry James In the first two hundred pages, there are intriguing tidbits of Hollywood lore, including a murder covered up by studio heads, compelling mini profiles of once famous and forgotten actors and or hangers on There s also a shocking revelation to those unfamiliar with the history involving Cary Grant s mother and father.This was my first David Thompson book, and I really wanted it to be good Sadly, it gets two stars, nothing

  9. Peggy says:

    I would have given this four stars because the writing is great and his ideas are often pretty thought provoking But I wasthan three fourths through the book before he stated anything close to a unifying thesis I was reading it and thinking, Wow, he seems very focused on gay people and gay themes in the movies but the title seemsgeneral than that He started with a chapter of memoir about a good friend of his, one instrumental in his life with the movies, who was gay But then he I would have given this four stars because the writing is great and his ideas are often pretty thought provoking But I wasthan three fourths through the book before he stated anything close to a unifying thesis I was reading it and thinking, Wow, he seems very focused on gay people and gay themes in the movies but the title seemsgeneral than that He started with a chapter of memoir about a good friend of his, one instrumental in his life with the movies, who was gay But then he would go off in ahetero direction and I d think that maybe I was wrong and it WAS ageneralized look at how movies portray sex love passion and our own responses to that But then he would veer again So I was trying to read it by letting each chapter stand as its own essay It turns out he had started the book with the concept of looking at gayness in the movies, mostly as unstated subtext, but then the metoo thing broke with Harvey Weinstein et al, and he felt he had to broaden the book s scope In doing that, I don t feel he integrated the two ideas at all until perhaps the last chapter I would have wished for a clearly stated idea at the beginning about his original idea and the change in direction I think it must have been a rushed job in the end Still worth a read if you love the movies

  10. Wilson says:

    Sleeping With Strangers by David Thomson is a wonderful read Thomson remains the best living writer about film Gossip, imagination, criticism, biography and autobiography dart together from the first pages The chapter on Jean Harlow is classic Thomson salacious and playfully snide.It is a book about gay Golden Age Hollywood, audience lust, the author s fascinating with myth Stories override thesis It is a funny book, but always in Thomson s wonderfully undercutting register An almost arro Sleeping With Strangers by David Thomson is a wonderful read Thomson remains the best living writer about film Gossip, imagination, criticism, biography and autobiography dart together from the first pages The chapter on Jean Harlow is classic Thomson salacious and playfully snide.It is a book about gay Golden Age Hollywood, audience lust, the author s fascinating with myth Stories override thesis It is a funny book, but always in Thomson s wonderfully undercutting register An almost arrogant disregard for modern film writing pervades the book.He writes how he has always written, about how people look and how much that matters Movies through glamour and sex through business and art.Gay Hollywood and MeToo from a writer whose voyeuristic wanderings has always been the essence of his work It absolutely isn t going to please everyone If you find yourself regularly offended, then you ll probably find yourself regularly offended reading the book

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