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  • "Have You Seen . . . ?"by David Thomson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 29.95

    In 1975, David Thomson published his Biographical Dictionary of Film, and few film books have enjoyed better press or such steady sales. Now, thirty-three years later, we have the companion volume, a second book of more than 1,000 pages in one voice?that of our most provocative contemporary film critic and historian. Juxtaposing the fanciful and... more...

  • Try to Tell the Storyby David Thomson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 15.00

    David Thomson, one of our most celebrated film writers, gives us a haunting, fascinating memoir about growing up as an only child in wartime England.  He was born in London in the aftermath of the war, where he was raised by his mother, grandmother, and upstairs tenant, Miss Davis.  He remembers how his grandmother brought him to a street corner to... more...

  • Nicole Kidmanby David Thomson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 15.95

    From the brilliant film historian and critic David Thomson, a book that reinvents the star biography in a singularly illuminating portrait of Nicole Kidman?and what it means to be a top actress today. At once life story, love letter, and critical analysis, this is not merely a book about who Kidman is but about what she is?in our culture and in our... more...

  • The New Biographical Dictionary Of Film 5Th Edby David Thomson

    Little, Brown Book Group 2010; US$ 24.99

    This book is both more and less than history, a work of imagination in its own right, a piece of movie literature that turns fact into romance.' Gavin Lambert was reviewing the first edition of David Thomson's monumental work in 1975. In the eight years since the third edition was published, careers have waxed and waned, reputations been made and... more...

  • 'Have You Seen...?'by David Thomson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 28.19

    This is possibly the most entertaining, surprising and enjoyable film book ever written. Thomson set himself the near-foolhardy task of writing one page each on 1000 of the films that he has particularly liked ? or in some cases, abhorred. Some half-million words of funny, vigorous, wayward prose later, we are all the happy beneficiaries of his deranged... more...

  • Bette Davis (Great Stars)by David Thomson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 11.27

    'She could look demure while behaving like an empress. Blonde, with eyes like pearls too big for her head, she was very striking, but marginally pretty and certainly not beautiful ... But it was her edge that made her memorable - her upstart superiority, her reluctance to pretend deference to others.' Bette Davis was the commanding figure of the... more...

  • Humphrey Bogart (Great Stars)by David Thomson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 11.27

    'Look, I'm hardly pretty, he seems to say. I sound like gravel; I look rough and tough; and, honest, I don't give you the soft, foolish answers the pretty boys will give you. You may not like what I say, but you better believe it.' He became a legend as 'Bogie', the world-weary, wise-cracking outsider, but in reality Humphrey Bogart was plagued by... more...

  • Gary Cooper (Great Stars)by David Thomson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 11.27

    'Cooper was heroic, of course, in his own mind as much as in his scripts. He was manly, tall, ruggedly handsome. He was a man for a fight.' On screen he was the ultimate all-American hero: lean, laconic and masculine, a lone sheriff battling his enemies in High Noon , or a tough individualist in The Fountainhead . Off screen he bedded a host of... more...

  • Ingrid Bergman (Great Stars)by David Thomson

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 11.27

    'Ingrid Bergman was far more than just a sweet, virtuous, "natural" Swedish girl - she was a dark sensualist over whom many men might go mad. Her very gaze delivered a climate of adult romantic expectation.' Adored by millions for her luminous beauty and elegance, at the height of her career Ingrid Bergman commanded a love that has hardly ever been... more...

  • The People Of The Seaby David Thomson

    Canongate Books 2010; US$ 12.46

    Introduced by Seamus Heaney.David Thomson?s travels in the Gaelic world of the Hebrides and the west coast of Ireland brought him into contact with a people whose association with the sea and its fertile lore runs deep. They told of men rescued by seals in stormy seas, of babies suckled by seal-mothers, and of men who took seal-women for wives ? stories... more...