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The New Biographical Dictionary of Film:
Expanded and Updated

by David Thomson

ISBN 0375709401 / 9780375709401 / 0-375-70940-1
Publisher Knopf
Language English
Edition Softcover
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For almost thirty years, David Thomsons Biographical Dictionary of Film has been not merely the finest reference book ever written about movies (Graham Fuller, Interview), not merely the desert island book of art critic David Sylvester, not merely a great, crazy masterpiece (Geoff Dyer, The Guardian), but also fiendishly seductive (Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone).

This new edition updates the older entries and adds 30 new ones: Darren Aronofsky, Emmanuelle Beart, Jerry Bruckheimer, Larry Clark, Jennifer Connelly, Chris Cooper, Sofia Coppola, Alfonso Cuaron, Richard Curtis, Sir Richard Eyre, Sir Michael Gambon, Christopher Guest, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Spike Jonze, Wong Kar-Wai, Laura Linney, Tobey Maguire, Michael Moore, Samantha Morton, Mike Myers, Christopher Nolan, Dennis Price, Adam Sandler, Kevin Smith, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlize Theron, Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, Lew Wasserman, Naomi Watts, and Ray Winstone.

In all, the book includes more than 1300 entries, some of them just a pungent paragraph, some of them several thousand words long. In addition to the new musts, Thomson has added key figures from film historylively anatomies of Graham Greene, Eddie Cantor, Pauline Kael, Abbott and Costello, NoŽl Coward, Hoagy Carmichael, Dorothy Gish, Rin Tin Tin, and more.

Here is a great, rare book, one that encompasses the chaos of art, entertainment, money, vulgarity, and nonsense that we call the movies. Personal, opinionated, funny, daring, provocative, and passionate, it is the one book that every filmmaker and film buff must own. Time Out named it one of the ten best books of the 1990s. Gavin Lambert recognized it as a work of imagination in its own right. Now better than evera masterwork by the man playwright David Hare called the most stimulating and thoughtful film critic now writing. [via]