21 setembro 2012

plano nacional de cinema

Há tempos li uma crítica de um livro, e depois esqueci o nome do livro e o do autor (triste vida), e é pena porque me pareceu muito interessante. Conta a história de um rapaz que está a ter más notas, e o pai deixa que ele abandone a escola, com a condição de verem juntos três filmes por semana. O livro vai avançando por esse filmes, e pelo modo como o rapaz vai amadurecendo com eles.

Lembrei-me disto ao ver a lista do plano nacional de cinema. Uma espécie de wishful thinking.

(foto: daqui)


Afinal foi facílimo encontrar o livro. Chama-se "The Film Club: a Memoir" e é de David Gilmour. Copio as críticas do site da amazon. E vou já pôr na minha wish list. Talvez seja um bom projecto para o inverno que se aproxima a passos largos: dar instrução cinéfila ao Fox. 

From Publishers Weekly

In this poignant and witty memoir, Canadian novelist Gilmour (A Perfect Night to Go to China) grapples with his decision to allow his teenage son, Jesse, to leave school in the 10th grade provided he promises to watch three movies a week with his father. Determined not to force a formal education on his son, former film critic and television host Gilmour begins the film club with Truffaut's The 400 Blows—with Basic Instinct for dessert. There are no lectures preceding the films, no quizzes on content or form: just a father and son watching movies together. Expertly tracing the trials and tribulations of teenage crushes and heartbreak, Gilmour explores not only his choice of films but also Jesse's struggles with his girlfriends and burgeoning music career. There are units on everything from undiscovered talent (Audrey Hepburn's Oscar-winning debut in Roman Holiday) to stillness, exemplified by Gary Cooper's ability in High Noon to steal a scene without moving a muscle. Gilmour expertly tackles the nostalgia not only of film but also that of parents, watching as their children grow and develop separate lives. With his unique blend of film history and personal memoir, Gilmour's latest offering will deservedly win him new American fans. (May)
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From Booklist

In this sensitive memoir, Canadian film critic and novelist Gilmour tells of the bargain he struck with his son, 15-year-old Jesse, who was unhappy at school. Gilmour would allow Jesse to drop out if he would agree to watch three movies a week with his dad. Over the next three years, the two would wrangle over movies that the elder Gilmour thought his son would love but didn’t (A Hard Day’s Night) and experience the irrational thrills of “guilty pleasures” (Showgirls). More important, they edged slantwise, in typical male fashion, into more personal discussions of  big topics, such as sexual jealousy (Last Tango in Paris) and alcoholism (Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry). At the same time, Jesse dealt with serious heartbreak, while his father struggled to find steady work and worried incessantly over whether he had made the right decision in allowing his son to drop out of school. Both for its smart, engaging movie talk and for its touching depiction of a father-son relationship, The Film Club gets two thumbs way up. --Joanne Wilkinson

1 comentário:

sem-se-ver disse...

o livro é mau. a experiencia que relata, é boa. o plano nacional de cinema, se bem feito, será o melhor de tudo.