Great films etch themselves on our brains. But it’s not the whole film we remember — it is a selective scene here and there that has the power to stay with us for a lifetime. Beginning and established filmmakers would do well to remember this important and powerful influence of film and to study great moments that we will always remember — so that they too can pause, reflect, and remember to create “moments of illumination” in their own works. Illuminations: Memorable Movie Moments incorporates contemporaneous reviews and archival appraisals of more than fifty films over nine decades. The book investigates the clashing judgments, the irresistible attractions and the lifelong impact of movies – their exacting moments as well as individual and collective cinematic remembrances. Humorous, nostalgic, melancholic, and historical reminiscences echo the creative effect of movie-making on the imagination and on the accumulated storehouse of memory.
Elected to the permanent collection of The National Media Museum — Bradford, England. Nominated for The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation for the 2011 Best Moving Image Book Award.
“In a world of bigger is better, where films are louder, longer, poorly written, and filled with product placements, it’s always good to remember where film came from. Illuminations is a trip down a cinematic memory lane — a trip everyone should take.” — Matthew Terry, producer, screenwriter, teacher, columnist, www.hollywoodlitsales.com
Richard D. Pepperman has worked in film for more than 45 years. His credits include work as an editor, post-production supervisor, and consultant on features, documentaries, industrials, and commercials. Richard’s film collaborations have been official selections to many international festivals, including: Aspen, Berlin, Cannes, the Hamptons, Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic), London, Montreal, Munich, Rotterdam, Sitges (Barcelona), Tel Aviv, and Toronto. His articles have appeared in Student Filmmakers Magazine; www.fylmz.com, and www.writersstore.com. Richard is the author of The Eye is Quicker. Film Editing: Making a Good Film Better (2004); Setting Up Your Scenes: The Inner Workings of Great Films (2005) and Film School: How to Watch DVDs and Learn Everything About Filmmaking (2008).