Thomson, David 1941-
Most widely held works about David Thomson
Most widely held works by David Thomson
The new biographical dictionary of film by David Thomson ( Book )
50 editions published between 1975 and 2010 in English and held by 2,593 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.
Rosebud : the story of Orson Welles by David Thomson ( Book )
8 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,584 libraries worldwide
"Orson Welles arrived in Hollywood as a boy genius, became a legend with a single perfect film, and then spent the next forty years floundering. But Welles floundered so variously, ingeniously, and extravagantly that he turned failure into "a sustaining tragedy - his thing, his song."" "In Rosebud, Thomson follows the wild arc of Welles's career, from the War of the Worlds broadcast to the triumph of Citizen Kane, the mixed triumph of The Magnificent Ambersons, and the strange and troubling movies that followed. Here, too, is the unfolding of the Welles persona - the grand gestures, the womanizing, the high living, the betrayals."--BOOK JACKET.
The whole equation : a history of Hollywood by David Thomson ( Book )
11 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and Polish and held by 1,547 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. A magnificent history of Hollywood from the invention of film to the present day, by the everywhere acclaimed David Thomson, who has established himself as the greatest living film critic and historian, the Atlantic Monthly, irreplaceable, the New York Times, and simply the best writer about the movies, San Francisco Chronicle. Now we have his master work, the Whole Equation, which, in his own words, embraces the murder and the majesty, the business statistics and millions of us being moved, the art and the awfulness. It accommodates the artistic careers, the lives of the pirates, the ebb and flow of business, the sociological impact in short, the wonder in the dark, the calculation in the offices, and the staggering impact on America of moving pictures, which is also the thunderous artillery of America unleashed on the world. Thomson tells us how D.W. Griffith and Charlie Chaplin created the first movies of mass appeal. He writes about Louis B. Mayer, who understood the whole equation and reaped the profits. He shows us how David O. Selznick exemplified the vanity and passion that gets memorable movies made; how the movies, offering a sense of common experience, helped Americans through the difficult years of the 1930s and '40s; how and why the quest for the blockbuster changed the industry. He examines the films of Capra, Wilder, Hitchcock, and Spielberg; of Gable, Cagney, Monroe, Crawford, Brando, Bogart, Nicholson, and Kidman; of Irving Thalberg, Lew Wasserman, Harvey Weinstein and scores more. He considers noir films, the blacklist, agents, method acting. He tells us the stories behind the Godfather, Chinatown, and Jaws. And he follows the money, a trip essential to understanding Hollywood at its most thrilling and most disappointing. David Thomson has given us a one volume history of Hollywood that is as well one of the most brilliant, most insightful, entertaining, and illuminating books ever written on American film.
Showman : the life of David O. Selznick by David Thomson ( Book )
7 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,256 libraries worldwide
"David O. Selznick, the legendary producer and maker of Gone With the Wind, is brilliantly portrayed in this full-scale biography by the first writer to be given complete access to Selznick's voluminous and revealing papers - everything from script notes, production reports, and contract memos, to letters rich in intrigue, gambling accounts, and financial records. No other Hollywood giant ever had so much to say; no other was brave and reckless enough to leave so much on the record." "Selznick was the most charming, best-read, most insanely workaholic (and most easily diverted), most talented, arrogant, hopeful, amorous, insecure, and self-destructive of all the geniuses of American moviemaking. His story is the history of the picture business, from immigrant nerve to cafe society. It is, as well, the story of the chronic romantic who married first the princess of the kingdom (Irene, daughter of Louis B. Mayer) and then a young beauty - Jennifer Jones - whom he made a princess." "Around him was a cast of vivid supporting players: his father, Lewis J., who made and lost fortunes in silent films; his two brothers - Myron, a pioneering (and boozing) agent, and Howard, whose mental condition overshadowed the rest of the family; Irene, David's scourge and his last comfort, as well as the person who taught him about power in Hollywood; Jock Whitney, fabulously rich, a great friend to David, and crazy about the movies; George Cukor; Alfred Hitchcock; Orson Welles; Vivien Leigh; Alexander Korda; William Paley; Ben Hecht; and John Huston." "We see Selznick making such films as What Price Hollywood?, King Kong, David Copperfield, A Star is Born, Rebecca, Since You Went Away, Spellbound, Duel in the Sun, Portrait of Jennie, The Third Man, and A Farewell to Arms. And we are given the fullest possible account of the chaos, good fortune, folly, and glory of the making of Gone With the Wind.".
Nicole Kidman by David Thomson ( Book )
11 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,048 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.
Wild excursions; the life and fiction of Laurence Sterne by David Thomson ( Book )
6 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 952 libraries worldwide
Fan-Tan by Marlon Brando ( Book )
9 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 913 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.
Have you seen? : a personal introduction to 1, 000 films by David Thomson ( Book )
4 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 889 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.
Silver light by David Thomson ( Book )
6 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 690 libraries worldwide
A meeting between a young museum curator and an eighty year old self taught photographer begins a friendship that enables us to look back through the silver light to re-examine what was once called "The Wild West."
In Nevada : the land, the people, God, and chance by David Thomson ( Book )
11 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 677 libraries worldwide
America in the dark : Hollywood and the gift of unreality by David Thomson ( Book )
7 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 657 libraries worldwide
The moment of Psycho : how Alfred Hitchcock taught America to love murder by David Thomson ( Book )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 638 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.
Suspects by David Thomson ( Book )
8 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and held by 635 libraries worldwide
Beneath Mulholland : thoughts on Hollywood and its ghosts by David Thomson ( Book )
7 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 564 libraries worldwide
Le samouraï The samurai ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in French and held by 561 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.
The last emperor ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 546 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.
Movie man by David Thomson ( Book )
4 editions published between 1967 and 1969 in English and held by 497 libraries worldwide
Warren Beatty and Desert Eyes : a life and a story by David Thomson ( Book )
3 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 445 libraries worldwide
Bette Davis by David Thomson ( Book )
4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 433 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.
Try to tell the story : a memoir by David Thomson ( Book )
6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 393 libraries worldwide
One of the most celebrated film critics and historians presents the story of his first 18 years, growing up an only child in south London in the 1940s and 1950s. Romantic, restrained, and tautly written, "Try to Tell the Story" is a haunting and unsentimental look at the fragility of family relationships.
Actors Adventure stories Australia Biography Biography--Dictionaries British Antarctic ("Terra Nova") Expedition California--Los Angeles California--Los Angeles--Hollywood Children China--Hong Kong Criticism, interpretation, etc. Dictionaries Drama Fathers and sons Feature films Fiction Fiction films Film critics Great Britain History Hitchcock, Alfred,--1899-1980 Illegal arms transfers Kidman, Nicole,--1967- Manners and customs Motion picture actors and actresses Motion picture actors and actresses--Biography Motion picture industry Motion picture producers and directors Motion pictures Motion pictures--Biography Motion pictures--Plots, themes, etc. Motion pictures--Social aspects Nevada Novelists, English Pacific Area Personal narratives--English Pirates Prisoners Psycho (Motion picture : 1960) Selznick, David O.,--1902-1965 Sterne, Laurence,--1713-1768 Thomson, David,--1941- Thrillers (Motion pictures) Travel United States Video recordings--for the hearing impaired Welles, Orson,--1915-1985 West (U.S.) Women pirates World War (1939-1945)
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