Moving Places: A Life at the Movies

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Moving Places is the brilliant account of a life steeped in and shaped by the movies--part autobiography, part film analysis, part social history. Jonathan Rosenbaum, one of America's most gifted film critics, began his moviegoing in the 1950s in small-town Alabama, where his family owned and managed a chain of theaters.
Starting in the Deep South of his boyhood, Rosenbaum leads us through a series of "screen memories," making us aware of movies as markers of the past--when and...
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Overview


Moving Places is the brilliant account of a life steeped in and shaped by the movies--part autobiography, part film analysis, part social history. Jonathan Rosenbaum, one of America's most gifted film critics, began his moviegoing in the 1950s in small-town Alabama, where his family owned and managed a chain of theaters.
Starting in the Deep South of his boyhood, Rosenbaum leads us through a series of "screen memories," making us aware of movies as markers of the past--when and where we saw them, with whom, and what we did afterward. The mood swings easily from sensual and poignant regret to screwball exuberance, punctuated along the way by a tribute to the glamorous Grace Kelly of Rear Window, a meditation on The Rocky Horror Picture Show and its improbable audience-community, and an extended riff on Rosenbaum's encounters with On Moonlight Bay.
Originally published in 1980, Moving Places is reissued now both as a companion volume to the author's latest book and as a means of introducing a new generation of film buffs to this unique, often humorous exploration of one man's life at the movies.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060908232
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/1980
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288

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Jonathan Rosenbaum, film critic at the Chicago Reader, is author of Greed (1993) and Film: The Front Line 1983. He is also co-author, with J. Hoberman, of Midnight Movies (1983).
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Table of Contents

Looking Back at Moving Places
Acknowledgments
Prelude: What I Did on My Summer Vacation (September 1977) 1
1 The Plucking of Three Birds of Paradise 7
Station Identification I 28
2 ON MOONLIGHT BAY as Time Machine 30
3 If Looks Could Kill 93
4 Rocky Horror Playtime Vs. Shopping Mall Home 145
Station Identification II 153
5 Made in Hoboken 155
Directions for Use 195
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