Film is made of moments. In its earliest form, the cinema was a moment: mere seconds recorded and projected into the darkness. Even as film has developed into today's complex and intricate medium, it is the brief, temporary and transitory that combines to create the whole. Our memories of films are composed of the moments we deem to be crucial: touchstones for our understanding and appreciation. Moments matter. The 38 specially commissioned essays in Film Moments examine a wide selection of key scenes across a broad spectrum of national cinemas, historical periods and genres, featuring films by rewned auteurs including Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Reir and Vincente Minnelli and important contemporary directors such as Pedro Costa, Zhang Ke Jia and Quentin Taranti, addressing films including City Lights, Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, The Night of the Hunter, Wild Strawberries, 8 1?2, Bonnie and Clyde, Star Wars, Conte d'ete, United 93 and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Film Moments provides both an enlightening introduction for students to the diversity of approaches and concerns in the study of film, and a dynamic and vibrant account of key film sequences for anyone interested in enhancing their understanding of cinema.
TOM BROWN is Lecturer in the Department of Film, Theatre and Television at the University of Reading, UK. He is co-Editor, with James Bennett, of Film and Television After DVD (2008). JAMES WALTERS is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is the author of Fantasy Film (2010) and Alternative Worlds in Hollywood Cinema (2008).