The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Expanded and Updated

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Expanded and Updated Review

For almost thirty 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).

This new edition updates the older entries and adds 30 new ones: Darren Aronofsky, Emmanuelle Beart, Jerry Bruckheimer, Larry Clark, Jennifer Connelly, Chris Cooper, Sofia Coppola, Alfonso Cuaron, Richard Curtis, Sir Richard Eyre, Sir Michael Gambon, Christopher Guest, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Spike Jonze, Wong Kar-Wai, Laura Linney, Tobey Maguire, Michael Moore, Samantha Morton, Mike Myers, Christopher Nolan, Dennis Price, Adam Sandler, Kevin Smith, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlize Theron, Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, Lew Wasserman, Naomi Watts, and Ray Winstone.

In all, the book includes more than 1300 entries, 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.”

Title:The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Expanded and Updated
Edition Language:English

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  • brian

    what this book is, really, is the world’s best jerk-off mag for cinephiles. david thomson is a british writer on film (and also shares a name with the shadowy figure investigating the meaning of ‘...

  • Paul Bryant

    following on from Kirk's 6 month roundup which is herehttps://www.goodreads.com/review/show...here is my 6 months of 2017MODERN MAINSTREAM STUFFThe BestHidden Figures – this really does look like th...

  • HBalikov

    I have the Fifth edition in hardbound format and it is sufficiently large and heavy to hold any door wide open. I grabbed the ebook sixth edition for my travelling convenience. Will either suit you? P...

  • Paul Bryant

    Following Kirk's lead here:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...I promised him my own films-so-far list. The first 6 months is a lot of me catching up with stuff - whaddayamean you never saw La Str...

  • Kirk

    [Update 12/31: saw four more movies before the merciful end of 2016, updated below. Nothing to add to the 'best of' lists. And on to 2017...](update now in comments--ran out of characters)This mostly ...

  • Kirk

    Following on from 2016, again here is my state of movie watching for the first half of 2017. Documentaries, foreign cinema, and horror did pretty well, older classics got a bit neglected. 48 films see...

  • Tim

    This is an extremely irritating book. Read the entry on Bernard Herrmann if you want to see what I mean. In this entry the author, a mysteriously well-respected film writer,describes why he doesn't bo...

  • HBalikov

    As it states, this is a collection of film-related biographies organized in alphabetic order. It is great to look up an actor or director and see what Thomson has to say about him/her. He is very opin...

  • Knut Sigurd

    Utdrag frå innlevering i delemnet Opplysningssøking:Det er ikkje så mange biografiske filmleksika på marknaden, og Thompson sitt har støtt hatt ivrige tilhengarar. Det filmhistoriske spennet han ...

  • Karen-Leigh

    I am Everyman and according to the writer of this book I have no taste. To be so at odds with a writer. To appreciate his views but find he disliked every movie I loved and praised what, to me, were o...