Thomson, David

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A Light in the Dark: A History of Movie Directors

Thomson’s own genius is his ability to remain one of the leading authorities on cinematic history, without shying away from the controversial. Cinephiles seeking provocative arguments will appreciate his work.

Murder and the Movies

Thomson leads readers on a meandering path, never successfully reaching a conclusion. However, the journey isn’t unpleasant and Thomson is a reservoir of film knowledge.

Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire

Cinephiles with critical eyes will get the most out of this exploration of "beauty on screen, desire in our heads, and the alchemy they make in the dark." [See Prepub Alert, 8/27/18.]

Television: A Biography

Thomson's discussion of a "crowded medium" can feel haphazard at times, and frequent references to current political figures seem tacked on in an otherwise readable examination of this pervasive medium over the past 60 years.

How To Watch a Movie

Highly readable and wickedly smart, this title will inspire both lay film fans and film students to watch more closely. [See Prepub Alert, 5/11/15.]

Why Acting Matters

A very thoughtful and serious essay on an elusive and illusory art that with varying degrees of self-awareness, manipulation, and skill, and this why acting really matters, we all perform.

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

This standard film reference can update your previous edition. Useful for a critic's opinion when offering DVD advisory (shelve it near your DVD collection), especially for a quick career overview.

Moments That Made the Movies

Highly recommended for readers who enjoy motion picture history, cinematography, and movie plots and themes.

The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies

This is an essential title for readers who know and love film and for those who wish to know more; it functions both as a great reference and a great read. Chronology and linearity be gone, this thing sparkles.

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