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By Jonathan Rosenbaum

Moving Places is the bright account of a lifestyles steeped in and formed by means of the movies—part autobiography, half movie research, half social historical past. Jonathan Rosenbaum, one in every of America's so much proficient movie critics, started his moviegoing within the Fifties in small-town Alabama, the place his relations owned and controlled a sequence of theaters.

Starting within the Deep South of his boyhood, Rosenbaum leads us via a sequence of "screen memories," making us conscious of video clips as markers of the past—when and the place we observed them, with whom, and what we did later on. The temper swings simply from sensual and poignant remorse to screwball exuberance, punctuated alongside the best way by way of a tribute to the glamorous Grace Kelly of Rear Window, a meditation on The Rocky Horror photo Show and its inconceivable audience-community, and a longer riff on Rosenbaum's encounters with On Moonlight Bay.

Originally released in 1980, Moving Places is reissued now either as a spouse quantity to the author's newest booklet and as a method of introducing a brand new new release of movie buffs to this distinct, frequently funny exploration of 1 man's lifestyles on the movies.

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