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"[Thomson is] one of the finest film
critics in the English language."
--philip lopate, the new york times book review

If most film critics write about movies, David Thomson creates their literary counterpart with essays that are as dazzling, haunting, and moving as the pictures they discuss. In this bravura new collection, the Esquire columnist trains his eye on Hollywood's
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 24th 1998 by Vintage (first published 1997)
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Mar 11, 2007 Andrew Thompson rated it really liked it
Literate cinephile japes with David Thomson. The chapter Suspects about what they did next is great fun (Vincent Vega, Elliot from ET, Connie Corleone etc). Thomson is always happy to venture an opinion, and though you may not agree with it, it's worth hearing what he has to say.
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Mar 24, 2011 Valentine rated it really liked it
This collection is full of interesting tidbits. It's only short coming is that it reads far too much like academic research for most average readers. Me thinks that Mr. Thomson is a bit "above the crowd" at least in his writing and probably in his own mind.
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Jul 22, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Movie lovers.
This is a beautiful, affecting collection of essays about Hollywood. I especially liked "James Dean at Fifty" and "Ask the Anaconda".
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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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