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The Film Club: A Memoir
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A warmly witty account of the three years a man spent teaching life lessons to his high school dropout son by showing him the world's best (and occasionally worst) films. At the start of this brilliantly unconventional family memoir, David Gilmour is an unemployed movie critic trying to convince his fifteen-year-old son Jesse to do his homework. When he realizes Jesse is beginning to view learning as a loathsome chore, he offers his son an unconventional deal: Jesse could drop out of school, not work, not pay rent - but he must watch three movies a week of his father's choosing. Week by week, side by side, father and son watched everything from True Romance to Rosemary's Baby to Showgirls, and films by Akira Kurosawa, Martin Scorsese, Brian DePalma, Billy Wilder, among others. The movies got them talking about Jesse's life and his own romantic dramas, with mercurial girlfriends, heart-wrenching breakups, and the kind of obsessive yearning usually seen only in movies. Through their film club, father and son discussed girls, music, work, drugs, money, love, and friendship - and their own lives changed in surprising ways.
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        Gilmour worked for the Toronto International Film Festival before moving into a broadcasting career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) where he served as the national film critic for country's flagship news show, The Journal. He went on to host his own talk show on CBC's Newsworld, Gilmour on the Arts, which won a Gemini Award. Gilmour's 5,000-word memoir of reading Tolstoy (My Life with Tolstoy) appeared in last summer's issue of the Walrus magazine (the Harper's of Canada) to huge response and acclaim.
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A warmly witty account of the three years a man spent teaching life lessons to his high school dropout son by showing him the world's best (and occasionally worst) films.
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Through their film club, father and son discussed girls, music, work, drugs, money, love, and friendship - and their own lives changed in surprising ways.
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        December 24, 2007
        In this poignant and witty memoir, Canadian novelist Gilmour (A Perfect Night to Go to China
        ) grapples with his decision to allow his teenage son, Jesse, to leave school in the 10th grade provided he promises to watch three movies a week with his father. Determined not to force a formal education on his son, former film critic and television host Gilmour begins the film club with Truffaut's The 400 Blows
        —with Basic Instinct
        for “dessert.” There are no lectures preceding the films, no quizzes on content or form: just a father and son watching movies together. Expertly tracing the trials and tribulations of teenage crushes and heartbreak, Gilmour explores not only his choice of films but also Jesse's struggles with his girlfriends and burgeoning music career. There are “units” on everything from undiscovered talent (Audrey Hepburn's Oscar-winning debut in Roman Holiday
        ) to stillness, exemplified by Gary Cooper's ability in High Noon
        to steal a scene without moving a muscle. Gilmour expertly tackles the nostalgia not only of film but also that of parents, watching as their children grow and develop separate lives. With his unique blend of film history and personal memoir, Gilmour's latest offering will deservedly win him new American fans.

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        March 1, 2008
        When Canadian novelist and film critic Gilmour ("A Perfect Night To Go to China") runs out of ways to help his son Jesse remain in high school, he offers him the option to drop out, as long as Jesse promises they will watch three movies each week together. Over three years, Gilmour focuses on educating his son but not in the traditional sense (there are no lesson plans). The films the two watch together play a minor role in this memoirGilmour shares his informative opinions on a variety of movies, which are indexed at the back of the bookas Gilmour imparts his own views on women, fine wine, and life issues. Accompanying his wisdom on life and love is a father's seasoned understanding and support for his teenager's crippling romantic distresses. As Gilmour finds himself semiemployed during this endeavor, his attention is solely focused on his troubled childan opportunity few teens receive. In the end, Jesse decides to continue with schooling, going on to college. Gilmour's memoir would fit nicely into public libraries with strong memoir or film theory collections.L.P. Smith, Oakland, CA

        Copyright 2008 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        February 15, 2008
        In this sensitive memoir, Canadian film critic and novelist Gilmour tells of the bargain he struck with his son, 15-year-old Jesse, who wasunhappy at school. Gilmour would allow Jesse to drop outif he would agree to watch three movies a week with his dad. Over the next three years, the two would wrangle over movies that the elder Gilmour thought his son would lovebut didnt (A Hard Days Night) andexperience theirrational thrills of guilty pleasures (Showgirls). More important, they edged slantwise, in typical male fashion, into more personal discussions of big topics, such as sexual jealousy (Last Tango in Paris) and alcoholism (Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry).At the same time, Jessedealt with serious heartbreak, while his father struggled to find steady work and worried incessantly over whether he had made the right decision in allowing his son to drop out of school.Both for its smart, engagingmovie talk and for its touching depiction of a father-son relationship, The Film Club getstwo thumbs way up.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2008, American Library Association.)

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"I loved David Gilmour's sleek, potent little memoir, The Film Club. It's so, so wise in the ways of fathers and sons, of movies and movie-goers, of love and loss."
—- Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Empire Falls
"If all sons had dads like David Gilmour, then Oedipus would be a forgotten legend and Father's Day would be a worldwide film festival."
—Sean Wilsey, author of Oh the Glory of It All
"David Gilmour is a very unlikely moral guidance counselor: he's broke, more or less unemployed and has two children by two different women. Yet when it looks as though his teenage son is about to go off the rails, he reaches out to him through the only subject he knows anything about: the movies. The result is an object lesson in how fathers should talk to their sons." —Toby Young, author of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
At the start of this brilliantly unconventional family memoir, David Gilmour is an unemployed movie critic...
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