The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

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Random House, Inc.
David Thomson’s New Biographical Dictionary of Film topped Sight & Sound magazine’s 2010 poll of international critics and writers as the best film book of all time.

Now in its fifth edition, updated, and with more than 130 new entries—from Judd Apatow to Lena Horne—the classic, beloved film book is better than ever.

For thirty-five years, David Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film has been “fiendishly seductive” (Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone), “the finest reference book ever written about movies” (Graham Fuller, Interview), and “not only an indispensable book about cinema, but one of the most absurdly ambitious literary achievements of our time” (Geoff Dyer, The Guardian). For this edition, Thomson has brought up to date and in some case recast the biographies, and has added new ones (Clive Owen, Scarlett Johansson, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Marion Cotillard, for example). The book now includes almost 1,500 entries, some of them just a pungent paragraph, some of them several thousand words long, every one a gem.

Here is a great, rare book 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, from the man David Hare called “the most stimulating and thoughtful film critic now writing.”

Baker & Taylor
A latest edition of the classic reference features updated and recast profiles as well as 100 new entries for such stars as Clive Owen, Scarlett Johansson and Heath Ledger, in a provocative and personal resource by the award-winning documentary producer of The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind.

Blackwell Publishing
Now in its fifth edition, updated, and with more than 130 new entries---from Judd Apatow to Lena Horne---the classic, beloved film book is better than ever.

For thirty-five years, David Thomson's Biographical Dictionary of Film has been "fiendishly seductive" (Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone), "the finest reference book ever written about movies" (Graham Fuller, Interview), and "not only an indispensable book about cinema, but one of the most absurdly ambitious literary achievements of our time" (Geoff Dyer, The Guardian). For this edition, Thomson has brought up to date and in some cases recast the biographies, and has added new ones (Clive Owen, Scarlett Johansson, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Heath Ledger, for example). The book now includes almost 1,500 entries, some of them just a pungent paragraph, some of them several thousand words long, every one a gem.

Here is a great, rare book 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, from the man David Hare called "the most stimulating and thoughtful film critic now writing."

Baker
& Taylor

An updated edition of the film reference provides almost 1,500 entries on leading international actors and actresses, directors, and producers, along with critical essays, profiles, and film analyses.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010
Edition: 5th ed
ISBN: 9780307271747
0307271749
Characteristics: 1076 p. ; 25 cm

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zackelk Mar 01, 2012

How is it possible that a copy of this 5th edition is always available on the shelf at the Performing Arts Library? Has everyone grown tired after reading the earlier editions?
Thomson loves film more that you do -or I do. I cannot vouch for the notations on silent movies, few of which I have seen, but otherwise...
You will look up the actors or directors that most interest or annoy you, but you will stay to read most of the 1,076 pages. This fellow is seductive, dismissive, and vastly appreciative.
His entry on W. C. Fields is written as a letter by Charles Dickens! If you don't like John Wayne, his entry will make you ashamed of yourself.
Not scholarly, this book is "something else".

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