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
“In this lyrical memoir, film-editing wizard Richard Pepperman pinpoints the exact frames where, for him, movies became magic. This combo of science and sorcery also returns us to a time when great cinema was as essential to quality of life in New York City as tap water. Read it and fall in love.” -Steven Boone, filmmaker and critic for Global Comment
“Illuminations takes us on a passage through the classics of the classic, movies that remain unforgettable for all cinema lovers. With Pepperman’s detailed and didactic writing, we fully understand the art of storytelling with moving images. Here is a book that every filmmaker must read.” -Cady Abarca, film director
“Reading Illuminations is wonderfully enthralling, Pepperman’s book is a must read for anyone who loves film. His insights give me goose bumps!” -Julia D’Amico, documentary filmmaker
“A priceless collection of films and their pivotal moments. Pepperman takes us on an abundant visual journey.” -Allyson C. Johnson, film editor, <em>Monsoon Wedding <em>and</em> Amelia </em>
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).