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The new biographical dictionary of film

4th ed.

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Published by Alfred A. Knopf in New York .
Written in English

About the Book

For twenty-five years, David Thomson's 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).Now it returns, with its old entries updated and 300 new ones--from Luc Besson to Reese Witherspoon--making more than 1300 in all, 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 history--lively anatomies of Graham Greene, Eddie Cantor, Pauline Kael, Abbott and Costello, Noel 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 ever--a masterwork by the man playwright David Hare called "the most stimulating and thoughtful film critic now writing."From the Hardcover edition.

Edition Notes

Rev. ed. of: Biographical dictionary of film. 1994. 3rd ed.

Genre
Biography, Dictionaries.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
791.43/092/2
Library of Congress
PN1998.2 .T49 2002

The Physical Object

Pagination
963 p. ;
Number of pages
963

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL3558491M
Internet Archive
newbiographicald00thom
ISBN 10
0375411283
LC Control Number
2002019368
Library Thing
130694
Goodreads
1502326
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