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David Thomson

David Thomson, renowned as one of the great living authorities on the movies, is the author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, now in its fifth edition. His recent books include a biography of Nicole Kidman, The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood and “Have You Seen . . . ?”: A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films. Born in London in 1941, he now lives in San Francisco.

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    David Thomson - called "without doubt, the greatest living film historian" by the LA Times - discusses his latest "Great Stars" series that looks at the Hollywood backstories of Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, and Gary Cooper.

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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

A ruthless dissection of American life in the late 1960s, Play It as It Lays captures the mood of an entire generation, the ennui of contemporary society reflected in spare prose that blisters...

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The Big Screen

David Thomson

The Big Screen tells the enthralling story of the movies: their rise and spread, their remarkable influence over us, and the technology that made the screen—smaller now, but...

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Bette Davis

David Thomson

“She could look demure while behaving like an empress. Blonde, with eyes like pearls too big for her head, she was very striking, but marginally pretty and certainly not beautiful...

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Gary Cooper

David Thomson

“Cooper was heroic, of course, in his own mind as much as in his scripts. He was manly, tall, ruggedly handsome. He was a man for a fight.” On screen he was the ultimate...

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