• It was an unconventional deal: Jesse could leave school, sleep all day, not work, not pay rent - but he had to watch three films a week...of his father's choosing. Week by week, side by side, father and son watch the world's best (and occasionally worst) films - from "True Romance" to "Chungking Express", "A Hard Day's Night" to "Rosemary's Baby", "Showgirls" to "La Dolce Vita". The films get them talking - about girls, music, heartbreak, work, drugs, money, love, friendship - and they open doors to a young man's interior life at a time when parents are normally shut out. Gradually, the son develops from a chaotic teenager into a self-assured young adult, but as the film club moves towards its bittersweat and inevitable conclusion, Jesse makes a decision which surprises even his father..."The Film Club" is a book that goes straight to the heart. Honest, unsparing and poignant, it is the true story of one man's attempt to chart a course for his beloved son's rocky passage into adulthood.

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  • Jesse est un garçon de 15 ans.
    Depuis quelque temps, l'école l'ennuie et ses notes dégringolent. Face à ce constat, son père, David Gilmour, va lui proposer un accord pour le moins original : Jesse pourra arrêter les cours à la condition de regarder avec lui trois films par semaine. Mois après mois, le père et le fils regardent tout, des Quatre Cents Coups à Rosemary's Bab), en passant par Basic Instinct, Nikita et bien d'autres.
    Les films de Louis Malle, Alfred Hitchcock, Brian de Palma, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Federico Fellini... Grâce à leur ciné-club, ils discutent musique, travail, drogue, argent, amour et amitié. Jesse évoque ainsi ses problèmes et les partage avec son père. Le cinéma devient l'occasion pour les deux hommes de débattre, d'argumenter mais aussi de se confier et de se rapprocher. Dans ce témoignage hors du commun, David Gilmour peint avec tendresse la relation père-fils, où la difficulté de grandir et trouver sa place dans le monde est évoquée avec justesse et émotion.

  • Visiting a villa built by Lorenzo de Medici outside Pisa, David Gilmour fell into conversation about the unification of Italy with a distinguished former minister: '"You know, Davide," he said in a low conspiratorial voice, as if nervously uttering a heresy, "Garibaldi did Italy a great disservice.If he had not invaded Sicily and Naples, we in the north would have the richest and most civilized state in Europe."After looking round the room at the other guests, he added in an even lower voice, "Of course to the south we would have a neighbour like Egypt."' These words stayed in the author's mind for a long time. The dream of a unified Italy, how and why it has never been more than a dream, became the subject of a book he has been thinking about and writing for the last twenty years.


    Was the elderly Italian right? The Pursuit of Italy traces the whole history of the Italian peninsula since the Romans in a wonderfully readable style, full of well-chosen stories and observations from personal experience, and peopled by many of the great figures of the Italian past, from Cicero and Virgil to Machiavelli and the Medici, Garibaldi and Cavour, and the rather less inspiring political figures of the 20th century. Gilmour gives a clear-eyed view of the Risorgimento, the pivotal event in modern Italian history, debunking the many absurd and influential myths which have grown up around it but including a particularly sympathetic portrait of Giuseppe Verdi, one of many cultural figures he treats.


    Gilmour shows that the glory of Italy has always lain in its regions, with their distinctive civic cultures, cuisine, art and identities. Similarly, most of the people of the peninsula have thought of themselves first as Tuscans, Venetians, Romans, Neapolitans or Sicilians and as Italians second, if at all. This, he argues, is where the strength of Italy lies rather than in misconceived ideas of unity.


    This wise and enormously engaging book explains the course of Italian history in a manner and with a coherence which no one with any interest in the country could fail to enjoy.

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  • L'école des films est un récit franc et généreux sur l'éducation et la transmission, une leçon de cinéma et de vie qui nous concerne tous.

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    David Gilmour

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    • 31 Mars 2014
  • Traces the whole history of the Italian peninsula. This title is full of stories and observations from personal experience, and is peopled by many of the great figures of the Italian past, from Cicero and Virgil to Dante and the Medici, from Cavour and Verdi to the controversial political figures of the twentieth century.

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  • Au lendemain d'une nuit d'insomnie, Roman, seul à la maison avec son fils, se sent pris de vague à l'âme : il n'est pas d'humeur à s'occuper de Simon, pas d'humeur à lui lire une histoire. Après avoir mis l'enfant au lit, il sort fumer une cigarette et se laisse attirer par la musique qui sort d'un bar, non loin. Quand, peu de temps après, Roman revient chez lui, Simon a disparu.
    La quête paternelle pour retrouver le jeune garçon prend bientôt les allures d'une inquiétante dérive : qui pourrait concevoir que la vie de Roman se résume désormais à dormir et à revoir son fils en rêve sur une île des Caraïbes ?
    Dans la prose simple et retenue de Gilmour plane l'ivresse de la perte et le détachement irréversible du reste du monde : parents, amis, travail. Comme un bruit de fond léger mais obsédant, la culpabilité hante de sa présence diffuse chaque page de ce roman chaviré.

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