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Thomson, David 1941-

Works: 93 works in 657 publications in 7 languages and 30,242 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biography‡vDictionaries  Dictionaries  Drama  Biographies  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Historical films  Motion pictures 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Director
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by David Thomson
The new biographical dictionary of film by David Thomson( Book )

44 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and Polish and held by 2,602 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 moment of Psycho : how Alfred Hitchcock taught America to love murder by David Thomson( )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,709 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 whole equation : a history of Hollywood by David Thomson( Book )

32 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,530 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. 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
A biographical dictionary of film by David Thomson( Book )

52 editions published between 1976 and 2000 in English and held by 1,522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An indispensable book for film students and filmgoers, completely revised and brought up to date, with more than two hundred new entries and with more than one thousand entries on leading international actors, directors, and producers
Rosebud : the story of Orson Welles by David Thomson( Book )

25 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,499 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
The big screen : the story of the movies by David Thomson( Book )

26 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,496 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
Why acting matters by David Thomson( Book )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 1,179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Does acting matter? David Thomson, one of our most respected and insightful writers on movies and theater, answers this question with intelligence and wit. In this fresh and thought-provoking essay, Thomson tackles this most elusive of subjects, examining the allure of the performing arts for both the artist and the audience member while addressing the paradoxes inherent in acting itself. He reflects on the casting process, on stage versus film acting, and on the cult of celebrity. The art and considerable craft of such gifted artists as Meryl Streep, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Daniel Day-Lewis, and others are scrupulously appraised here, as are notions of "good" and "bad" acting. Thomson's exploration is at once a meditation on and a celebration of a unique and much beloved, often misunderstood, and occasionally derided art form. He argues that acting not only "matters" but is essential and inescapable, as well as dangerous, chronic, transformative, and exhilarating, be it on the theatrical stage, on the movie screen, or as part of our everyday lives
Showman : the life of David O. Selznick by David Thomson( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,117 WorldCat member 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."
How to watch a movie by David Thomson( Book )

25 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and Spanish and held by 966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A critic shares professional insights into how to derive more from a film experience, analyzing a range of iconic films to reveal metaphorical artistry techniques in the acting, filming, dialogue, and music
Wild excursions; the life and fiction of Laurence Sterne by David Thomson( Book )

13 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nicole Kidman by David Thomson( Book )

26 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 926 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 )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 896 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
Warner Bros : the making of an American movie studio by David Thomson( Book )

8 editions published between 2017 and 2019 in English and held by 764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Behind the scenes at the legendary Warner Brothers film studio, where four immigrant brothers transformed themselves into the moguls and masters of American fantasy Warner Bros charts the rise of an unpromising film studio from its shaky beginnings in the early twentieth century through its ascent to the pinnacle of Hollywood influence and popularity. The Warner Brothers-- Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack-- arrived in America as unschooled Jewish immigrants, yet they founded a studio that became the smartest, toughest, and most radical in all of Hollywood. David Thomson provides fascinating and original interpretations of Warner Brothers pictures from the pioneering talkie The Jazz Singer through black-and-white musicals, gangster movies, and such dramatic romances as Casablanca, East of Eden, and Bonnie and Clyde. He recounts the storied exploits of the studio's larger-than-life stars, among them Al Jolson, James Cagney, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Doris Day, and Bugs Bunny. The Warner brothers' cultural impact was so profound, Thomson writes, that their studio became "one of the enterprises that helped us see there might be an American dream out there."
Fan-Tan by Marlon Brando( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and Italian and held by 741 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
Le samouraï = The samurai by Jean-Pierre Melville( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in French and held by 726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Entre otras cualidades, "Le samouraï" es un poema desgarrador del hombre solo. Es también, y ante todo, una película policiaca. Este "samurai", Jeff Costello, no es sino un asesino a sueldo del hampa parisina. Engañado por sus socios, tiene que defenderse en dos frentes: contra la policía y contra sus cómplices. Se organiza entonces una implacable caza, todos contra un solo hombre. El héroe irrisorio de este combate nocturno triunfará. En la muerte, claro está. Una muerte deseada, organizada, como una apoteosis
Television : a biography by David Thomson( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In just a few years, what used to be an immobile piece of living room furniture, which one had to sit in front of at appointed times in order to watch sponsored programming on a finite number of channels, morphed into a glowing cloud of screens with access to a near-endless supply of content available when and how viewers want it. With this phenomenon now a common cultural theme, a writer of David Thomson's stature delivering a critical history, or biography of the six-decade television era, will be a significant event which could not be more timely. Over twenty-two thematically organized chapters, Thomson brings provocatively insightful and unique to the life of what was television
Moments that made the movies by David Thomson( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 706 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
America in the dark : Hollywood and the gift of unreality by David Thomson( Book )

18 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Refers to dozens of specific films in discussing the influence of Hollywood on our culture
The last emperor( Visual )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 620 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
Suspects by David Thomson( Book )

22 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 601 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 Ilsa
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Rosebud : the story of Orson Welles
The moment of Psycho : how Alfred Hitchcock taught America to love murderThe whole equation : a history of HollywoodA biographical dictionary of filmRosebud : the story of Orson WellesNicole KidmanHave you seen? : a personal introduction to 1,000 filmsFan-TanSuspects
Alternative Names
David Thomson Amerikaans journalist

David Thomson British film critic and historian

David Thomson englischer Schriftsteller und Filmkritiker

톰슨, D

톰슨, 데이비드

톰슨, 데이빗

大衛·湯姆森 (影評人)


English (359)

Spanish (7)

French (4)

Italian (4)

Polish (3)

Dutch (2)

German (1)