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Thu, Oct 12, 2017

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Author Jim Shepard in Person!

Jim-Shepard-Tunnel-at-the-End-of-the-Light(1973) dir Terrence Malick w/Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates [94 min; 35mm]
In celebration of acclaimed novelist Jim Shepard’s first non-fiction title, we’re pleased to present the author to discuss this landmark film by Terrence Malick. While an award-winning author of fiction, Shepard also teaches film at Williams College and now he is releasing his first collection of cinema essays, The Tunnel at the End of the Light: Essays on Movies & Politics, on Tin House Books this fall. Shepard brings his signature humor, insight, and eloquence to bear on classic movies, deconstructing the American psyche in the process.

Reviews: The Tunnel at the End of the Light…

“It’s a pleasure to read Shepard’s graceful prose, and the insights just seem to flow from his pen. [These essays are] vital for precisely the reason that the films they discuss remain vital: they balance entertainment with deeper concerns about morality and society. . . . This collection shows Shepard’s voice to be as essential as ever.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Shepard displays a talent for sharp film criticism laced with equally penetrating political insight. . . . Amid the thumbs up or down style that dominates 21st-century American film criticism, Shepard’s provocative engagement with this art form offers a bracing change of pace.”

Shelf Awareness


Days of Heaven put Terrence Malick’s intuitions into cogent form, but this is where his art begins.”

– Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

“This first, magnificent, outpouring of the sporadic genius of cinema’s equivalent to JD Salinger, Terrence Malick, still seems terrifically modern.”

– Wally Hammond, Time Out

“An indisputable masterpiece of American cinema.”

– Rob Fraser, Empire Magazine

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