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Thomson, David 1941-

Overview
Works: 78 works in 388 publications in 5 languages and 26,266 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biography‡vDictionaries  Drama  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Dictionaries  Adventure stories  Reviews  Film adaptations 
Roles: Interviewee, Author of introduction, Editor, Director, Creator
Classifications: PN1998.2, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by David Thomson
The new biographical dictionary of film by David Thomson ( Book )
45 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and Polish and held by 2,450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Thomson has demonstrated wit and originality beyond a reasonable doubt [in] the latest edition of his deservedly treasured reference work...He proves anew that he is irreplaceable...His monologue has blossomed into an unlikely, searching dialogue about what to value in the movies -- how to love what's come befoe without nostalgia, and how to find the courage to demand more from the stuff being made right now...One of the most probing accounts ever written of a human being's engagement with the movies." Sarah Kerr, New York Times Book Review
The whole equation : a history of Hollywood by David Thomson ( Book )
18 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 1,666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A history of the Hollywood film industry explores the ways in which movies both shape and are shaped by American culture, discusses the contributions of film pioneers, and profiles Hollywood's leading citizens
Rosebud : the story of Orson Welles by David Thomson ( Book )
10 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thomson's view of Welles's "fall" is vital to his grasp of a profoundly complex character. We see Welles as a genius haunted by boredom and by the inability to believe in anything, as a victim of indiscipline and the helpless pleasures of talk. He is a man who attracts people, spurns them and then finds them guilty of betrayal. And so people like John Houseman, Herman Mankiewicz and Rita Hayworth, along with so many others, come and go, astonished. Rosebud traces a career of endless striving and continuous drama. At the same time, it is a book of astute film commentary that helps us appreciate Kane anew as the masterpiece of what is too often a shallow medium. It is written with an insight, a daring and a flair worthy of its remarkable protagonist
The moment of Psycho : how Alfred Hitchcock taught America to love murder by David Thomson ( Book )
8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In "The Moment of Psycho," film critic David Thomson situates "Psycho" in Alfred Hitchcock's career, recreating the mood and time when the seminal film erupted onto film screens worldwide. Thomson brilliantly demonstrates how Hitchcock's creation represented all America wanted from a film--and still does
The big screen : the story of the movies by David Thomson ( Book )
7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Big Screen" tells the enthralling story of the movies: their rise and spread, their remarkable influence in the war years, and their long, slow decline to a form that is often richly entertaining but no longer lays claim to our lives the way it once did
Showman : the life of David O. Selznick by David Thomson ( Book )
8 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This superb biography uncovers the private lives and business maneuverings of Hollywood as no other book has done. It chronicles the Golden Age as seen from deep inside the gold mine and from behind locked doors where the spoils were divided, filched, or gambled away. In its rich sense of the wonders, ironies, and delusions inherent in "showmanship," this is a book about America in this century, turning from reality toward the glamour, the legend - the fantasy - of the movies."--Jacket
Nicole Kidman by David Thomson ( Book )
18 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A portrait of Nicole Kidman chronicles her life on- and offscreen, describing how she has changed throughout her career, examining her personal decisions about her life, and analyzing what celebrity means in the life of an actress
Have you seen? : a personal introduction to 1,000 films by David Thomson ( Book )
12 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,022 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Juxtaposing the fanciful and the fabulous, the old favorites and the forgotten, this sweeping collection presents the films David Thomson offers in response to the question he gets most often--"What should I see?" This new book is a generous history of film and an enticing critical appraisal written with as much humor and passion as historical knowledge. Not content to choose his own top films (though they are here), Thomson has created a list that will surprise and delight--and send you to your best movie rental service
Wild excursions; the life and fiction of Laurence Sterne by David Thomson ( Book )
9 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 982 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fan-Tan by Marlon Brando ( Book )
14 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
While serving time in a Hong King prison in 1927, Anatole Doultry saves the life of a Chinese prisoner whose employer is Madame Lai Choi San, a beautiful and powerful Asian gangster who will make him wealthy if he will join her in an act of piracy
A biographical dictionary of film by David Thomson ( Book )
15 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in English and held by 899 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A biographical dictionary of film by David Thomson ( Book )
9 editions published between 1976 and 1981 in English and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
America in the dark : Hollywood and the gift of unreality by David Thomson ( Book )
14 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Silver light by David Thomson ( Book )
5 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Le samouraï The samurai by Jean-Pierre Melville ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in French and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jef Costello is a fedora and trench-coat wearing contract killer with samurai instincts. When Jef assassinates a nightclub owner, he finds himself confronted by a series of witnesses, who drop his perfect world into the hands of a persistent police investigator and Jef's shadowy employer, both of whom are determined to put an end to the career criminal
Suspects by David Thomson ( Book )
11 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The last emperor by Bernardo Bertolucci ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The life of [Chinese] Emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three, in 1908, before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval within and without the walls of the Forbidden City"--Container
Beneath Mulholland : thoughts on Hollywood and its ghosts by David Thomson ( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
He writes about James Stewart in Vertigo, Jack Nicholson in Chinatown, Cary Grant ("Having fun, perched somewhere between skill and exhilaration, Grant is both the deft director of the circus and a kid in love with the show"), Greta Garbo ("She knows that she is a latent force that works in the minds of audiences she will never meet") and about stardom in general: "The star is adored but not liked: that is the consequence of a religious respect that enjoys no ordinary relations with the object of its desire."
Movie man by David Thomson ( Book )
10 editions published between 1967 and 1969 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bette Davis by David Thomson ( Book )
10 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bette Davis was the commanding figure of the great era of Hollywood stardom, with a drive and energy that put her contemporaries in the shade. She played queens, jezebels, and bitches; she could out-talk any male costar; she warred with her studio, Warner Bros., worked like a demon, got through four husbands, was nominated for seven Oscars, and--no matter what--never gave up fighting. This is her story.--Amazon.con
 
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Languages
English (238)
Italian (4)
French (3)
German (1)
Polish (1)
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