Disaster Mon Amour David Thomson

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
22 Feb 2022
ISBN:
9780300246940
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
224 pages: 216 x 140mm
Sales territories:
World

A deep—and darkly comic—dive into the nature of disasters, and the ways they shape how we think about ourselves in the world

As anyone in the news business knows, audiences swell with the scale of disaster; humans have always been drawn to the rumors of our own demise. In this darkly comic book, noted film historian David Thomson examines iconic disasters, both real and fictional, exposing the slippage between what occurs and what we observe. Demonstrating how disasters become yet another commodity for our consumption, Thomson shows how digital culture sates our desire to witness chaos while suffering none of its aftereffects.
 
Through classic movies such as San Andreas; eyewitness responses to real disasters such as the Aberfan coal mining disaster and the coronavirus pandemic; and media portrayals of disasters throughout history, Thomson pulls back the curtain to reveal why we love watching disaster unfold—but only if it happens to others.

David Thomson is one of the great living authorities on movies. He has written more than twenty books, including The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, Murder and the Movies, and biographies of David O. Selznick and Orson Welles. Thomson lives in San Francisco, CA.