The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

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Random House, Inc.
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, Noël 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.”

Baker & Taylor
Featuring three hundred new additions, an updated edition of the classic film reference provides more than 1,300 entries on leading international actors and actresses, directors, and producers, along with frequently provocative critical essays, profiles, and film analyses. 15,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
David Thomson's Biographical Dictionary of Film 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 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.

Baker
& Taylor

An updated edition of the film reference provides more than 1,300 entries on leading international actors and actresses, directors, and producers, along with critical essays, profiles, and film analyses.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2002
Edition: Fourth edition
ISBN: 9780375411281
0375411283
Branch Call Number: 791.4309 THOMS
Characteristics: 963 pages ; 25 cm
Notes: Revised edition of: Biographical dictionary of film. 1994. 3rd edition

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