David Thomson





David Thomson



David Thomson is the author of more than twenty books, including biographies of David O. Selznick and Orson Welles, and The New Biographical Dictionary of Film.

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The New Biographical Dictio...

4.27 avg rating — 460 ratings — published 1994 — 17 editions
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The Big Screen: The Story o...

3.95 avg rating — 406 ratings — published 2012 — 7 editions
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"Have You Seen...?": A Pers...

3.99 avg rating — 293 ratings — published 2008 — 8 editions
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Rosebud: The Story of Orson...

3.57 avg rating — 244 ratings — published 1996 — 5 editions
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The Moment of Psycho: How A...

3.27 avg rating — 244 ratings — published 2009 — 7 editions
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The Whole Equation: A Histo...

3.61 avg rating — 202 ratings — published 2004 — 4 editions
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The Big Sleep

3.92 avg rating — 65 ratings — published 1997
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Suspects

3.90 avg rating — 82 ratings — published 1985 — 8 editions
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Moments That Made the Movies

3.74 avg rating — 89 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
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How to Watch a Movie

3.03 avg rating — 148 ratings — published 2015 — 7 editions
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“Bette Davis lived long enough to hear the Kim Carnes song, 'Bette Davis Eyes'. The lyrics to that song were not very interesting. But the fact of the song was the proof of an acknowledgement that in the twentieth century we lived through an age of immense romantic personalities larger than life, yet models for it, too - for good or ill. Like twin moons, promising a struggle and an embrace, the Davis eyes would survive her - and us. Kim Carnes has hardly had a consistent career, but that one song - sluggish yet surging, druggy and dreamy - became an instant classic. It's like the sigh of the islanders when they behold their Kong. And I suspect it made the real eyes smile, whatever else was on their mind.”
David Thomson, Bette Davis

“Agee wrote “like someone who had not just viewed the movie but been in it — out with it, as if it were a girl; drinking with it; driving in the night with it.”
David Thomson, The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Expanded and Updated

“The only real danger is flinching, seeming to notice your own nakedness. If you don’t flinch, you’re merely nude, which is a classically recognized form of beauty.”
David Thomson, Beneath Mulholland: Thoughts on Hollywood and Its Ghosts

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