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

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The Big Screen
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The Big Screen

David Thomson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The definitive story of the medium that defines our times

The Big Screen tells the enthralling story of the movies: their rise and spread, their remarkable influence over us,...

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Bette Davis
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Bette Davis

David Thomson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

"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 . . . But it was...

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Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper

David Thomson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

"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 Gary Cooper was the ultimate all-American...

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Humphrey Bogart
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Humphrey Bogart

David Thomson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

"Look, I'm hardly pretty, he seems to say. I sound like gravel; I look rough and tough; and, honest, I don't give you the soft, foolish answers the pretty boys will give you. You may not like what...

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Ingrid Bergman
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Ingrid Bergman

David Thomson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

"Ingrid Bergman was far more than just a sweet, virtuous, ‘natural' Swedish girl—she was a dark sensualist over whom many men might go mad. Her very gaze delivered a climate of adult romantic...

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Play It As It Lays
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Play It As It Lays

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Joan Didion; Introduction by David Thomson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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

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