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Thomson, David 1941-

Works: 75 works in 482 publications in 7 languages and 26,986 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Biography‡vDictionaries  Drama  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Reviews  Dictionaries  Personal narratives‡vEnglish  Adventure stories 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Editor, Author of introduction, Creator, Director
Classifications: PN1998.2, B
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Most widely held works about David Thomson
Most widely held works by David Thomson
The new biographical dictionary of film by David Thomson( Book )
46 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and Polish and held by 2,627 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
A biographical dictionary of film by David Thomson( Book )
35 editions published between 1976 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The whole equation : a history of Hollywood by David Thomson( Book )
29 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,664 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 )
17 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
David Thomson has brought a lifetime's fascination with Orson Welles and his work to this dazzling biography. Rosebud is written as a story, one that summons up the man and the artist and does justice to the genius and the fraud; the man of the world and the solitary; the spoiled kid and the sage; the infant prodigy; the chronic fabricator of his own legend; the boy who flirted with homosexuals; the ladies' man; the youth who took Broadway and radio by storm, and rocked the nation in 1938 with an airwaves fantasy of invasion; the begetter of the incomparable Citizen Kane. And here, also, is the man who famously "failed," the man who made The Magnificent Ambersons, Touch of Evil, The Trial and Chimes at Midnight. But to Thomson, those allegedly lesser films are the furnishings of another kind of masterpiece, as large and melancholy as Kane's Xanadu. Here Welles reveals himself as at once a monster of self-destruction and a triumph of self-invention. 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. -- Publisher description
The big screen : the story of the movies by David Thomson( Book )
20 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,466 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
The moment of Psycho how Alfred Hitchcock taught America to love murder by David Thomson( )
7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
It was made like a television movie, and completed in less than three months. It killed off its star in forty minutes. There was no happy ending. And it offered the most violent scene to date in American film, punctuated by shrieking strings that seared the national consciousness. Nothing like Psycho had existed before; the movie industry--even America itself--would never be the same. 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 shows that Psycho was
Showman : the life of David O. Selznick by David Thomson( Book )
13 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,197 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."--BOOK JACKET
Nicole Kidman by David Thomson( Book )
20 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,107 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 )
13 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,029 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 )
13 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fan-Tan by Marlon Brando( Book )
13 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and Italian and held by 873 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
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 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Silver light by David Thomson( Book )
7 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Suspects by David Thomson( Book )
15 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Noah Cross, Norma Desmond, Norman Bates, Harry Lime? these are a few of nearly a hundred names that inhabit the mind of the narrator as he starts to compose short biographies of some of the most famous characters in the history of film noir. He sketches in whole lives, lives as intense as the dreams put up on the screen. Then these characters start to meet each other outside the films as if they were real people with real needs and passions. The book is becoming a novel. The names and faces are familiar to us - Jake Gittes from Chinatown, Laura Hunt and Waldo Lydecker from Laura Rick and
Le samouraï The samurai by Jean-Pierre Melville( Visual )
2 editions published in 2005 in French and held by 638 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
Moments that made the movies by David Thomson( Book )
7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Film scholar David Thomson focuses in on a series of moments-- which his readers will also experience in beautifully reproduced imagery-- from 72 films across a 100-year-plus span. Moments takes readers on an unprecedented visual tour, where the specifics of the imagery the reader is seeing are inextricably tied to the text. Thomson's moments range from a set of Eadweard Muybridge's pioneering photographs to sequences in films from the classic-- Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevard, The Red Shoes-- to the unexpected-- The Piano Teacher, Burn After Reading. The excitement of the book's dynamic visuals will be matched only by the discussion it incites in film circles, as readers revisit their own list of memorable moments and then re-experience the films-- both those included on Thomson's list and from their own life-- as never before.--From publisher description
The last emperor by Bernardo Bertolucci( Visual )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 594 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 518 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 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bette Davis by David Thomson( Book )
12 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 450 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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