The Film Club: A Memoir

The Film Club: A Memoir

by David Gilmour
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The Film Club: A Memoir by David Gilmour

"I loved David Gilmour's sleek, potent little memoir, The Film Club. It's so, so wise in the ways of fathers and sons, of movies and movie-goers, of love and loss."
— Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Empire Falls "

If all sons had dads like David Gilmour, then Oedipus would be a forgotten legend and Father's Day would be a worldwide film festival."

—Sean Wilsey, author of Oh the Glory of It All

"David Gilmour is a very unlikely moral guidance counselor: he's broke, more or less unemployed and has two children by two different women. Yet when it looks as though his teenage son is about to go off the rails, he reaches out to him through the only subject he knows anything about: the movies. The result is an object lesson in how fathers should talk to their sons." —Toby Young, author of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

At the start of this brilliantly unconventional family memoir, David Gilmour is an unemployed movie critic trying to convince his fifteen-year-old son Jesse to do his homework. When he realizes Jesse is beginning to view learning as a loathsome chore, he offers his son an unconventional deal: Jesse could drop out of school, not work, not pay rent - but he must watch three movies a week of his father's choosing.

Week by week, side by side, father and son watched everything from True Romance to Rosemary's Baby to Showgirls, and films by Akira Kurosawa, Martin Scorsese, Brian DePalma, Billy Wilder, among others. The movies got them talking about Jesse's life and his own romantic dramas, with mercurial girlfriends, heart-wrenching breakups, and the kind of obsessive yearning usually seen only in movies.

Through their film club, father and son discussed girls, music, work, drugs, money, love, and friendship - and their own lives changed in surprising ways.

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ISBN-13: 9780446199308
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 643,280
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

David Gilmour's sixth novel, A Perfect Night to Go to China, won the 2005 Governor-General's Award for fiction in Canada and has been translated into Russian, French, Thai, Italian, Dutch, Bulgarian, Serbian and Turkish. China and a previous book, Lost Between Houses, were both nominated for Ontario's Trillium Book Award. His novels have been praised by visionaries from William Burroughs to Northrop Frye, and in publications ranging from People magazine to the New York Times Book Review. Gilmour worked for the Toronto International Film Festival before moving into a broadcasting career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) where he served as the national film critic for country's flagship news show, The Journal. He went on to host his own talk show on CBC's Newsworld, Gilmour on the Arts, which won a Gemini Award. Gilmour's 5,000-word memoir of reading Tolstoy ("My Life with Tolstoy") appeared in last summer's issue of The Walrus magazine (the Harper's of Canada) to huge response and acclaim.

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Film Club 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Life with kids involves a lot of give and take, all in an effort to keep them on a path that will lead them to adulthood intact. What a wonderful gift Mr. Gilmore has given us by taking on his own journey with his son Jesse, through the travails of leaving school, girlfriend angst, rock and roll success and of course, three movies a week with Dad in return. It a touching treatise on parenthood in the real world where nothing is really planned and things happen because that's the way life is. Hard. Unpredictable. And through the movies, we find some lessons, some grounding and something valuable to share. Read this book. You won't be disappointed.
mamadeb98 More than 1 year ago
The lengths that Mr. Gilmore went to in order to save his son was truly amazing. He knew his decision to allow his son to drop out of school would be unpopular, but ultimately it strenthened the bond between father and son, and taught the boy invaluable life lessons. Though they had a few hiccups along the road, this father showed how devoted he is to his only son. The best way to read this book is to watch movies from the filmography as you are going along. A truly remarkable book
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xoxkim2000xox More than 1 year ago
If you're a film fan that I suggest you read this book. The book is about a father who allows his son to drop out of high school as long as he watches three movies a week. As a huge film I could appreciate what the father said about the films he chose to show his son Jesse. What I liked the most was that he chose films to base around what was going on in their lives at those moments. Yes it's a memoir about the three years they watched movies together, but it was also so much more. You get to see the beginning of a great father/son relationship and a young teenager turning into a man. If you decide to read this movie I do have to forewarn you that there are moments in which the endings of the films they discuss are revealed. They put a listing of all the films they watched at the back of the book, so you can always check the back and see if there are films you absolutely don't want to know the endings too.
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Mr. Gilmour drew me in with his frank,easy way of writing. I enjoyed the love-hate relationship the father and son had with each other. You could see the delicate balance played out in one scene after another. The story had an interesting twist at the endthat had me shocked and delighted at the same time. It was a good read.
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