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Thomson, David 1941-

Works: 76 works in 510 publications in 7 languages and 28,661 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biography‡vDictionaries  Drama  Fiction  Biographical films  Nonfiction films  Historical films  Reviews  Dictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Creator, Director
Classifications: PN1998.2, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by David Thomson
The new biographical dictionary of film by David Thomson( Book )

40 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 4,139 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 )

31 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,561 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
Rosebud : the story of Orson Welles by David Thomson( Book )

20 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,552 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 )

24 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,519 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 )

14 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,155 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 )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,010 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 )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 1,008 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 )

14 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fan-Tan by Marlon Brando( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 794 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
How to watch a movie by David Thomson( Book )

15 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 755 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
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 Undetermined and held by 725 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
America in the dark : Hollywood and the gift of unreality by David Thomson( Book )

15 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Refers to dozens of specific films in discussing the influence of Hollywood on our culture
Moments that made the movies by David Thomson( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 683 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
Silver light by David Thomson( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Suspects by David Thomson( Book )

18 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Noah Cross, Norma Desmond, Norman Bates, Harry Lime--these are a few of nearly 100 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. The book begins to become a novel when the characters start to meet each other outside their respective films--as if they were real people with needs and passions. The names and faces are familiar to us--Jake Gittes from Chinatown,Laura Hunt and Waldo Lydecker from Laura, Rick and Ilsa from Casablanca--but is it true that Noah Cross and Norma Desmond were lovers in the 1920s, that she and Joe Gillis had a son who grew up to be Julian Kay in American Gigolo? The narrator is not merely the author, he has a mission to carry out--a lost family link to find, a thread to pull so that nearly all these disparate characters come together to form a kind of society. Ultimately this examination on how movies affect audiences--not only shaping perceptions and memories, but in some ways coming to stand in for them--can also be read as an unsettling examination of identity and the construction of self through the medium of narratives;or simply as a fascinating take on movie fandom
The last emperor by Bernardo Bertolucci( Visual )

3 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 605 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
Why acting matters by David Thomson( Book )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 570 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
Beneath Mulholland : thoughts on Hollywood and its ghosts by David Thomson( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 493 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 )

12 editions published between 1967 and 1969 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Nevada : the land, the people, God, and chance by David Thomson( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We see Nevada as a place of no-holds-barred experimentation, both social (gambling, prostitution, easy divorce, no taxes) and scientific (nuclear testing and storage of nuclear waste). We see suburbanites rubbing shoulders with sybarites; the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe, shadowed by the financial edifice of tourism; criminals, entertainers, and hotel impresarios sharing dreams of glory (and the memory of Bugsy Siegel and Frank Sinatra)."--BOOK JACKET. "In Nevada is a revelation of the gambler's mix of hope and anxiety, of the isolation and closeness, the beauty and banality, the fact and fancy, at the heart of the state - and the state of mind - of Nevada."--Jacket
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The whole equation : a history of Hollywood
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)


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Italian (4)

Polish (2)

Dutch (2)

German (1)

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The whole equation : a history of HollywoodRosebud : the story of Orson WellesNicole KidmanHave you seen? : a personal introduction to 1,000 filmsFan-TanThe moment of Psycho : how Alfred Hitchcock taught America to love murderSuspectsBeneath Mulholland : thoughts on Hollywood and its ghostsIn Nevada : the land, the people, God, and chance