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The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Sixth Edition

by David Thomson

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...


Patterns of Peacemaking

by A. Briggs, E. Meyer & David Thomson

First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


"Have You Seen . . . ?"

by David Thomson

In 1975, David Thomson published his Biographical Dictionary of Film, and few film books have enjoyed better press or such steady sales.

Now, thirty-three years later, we have the companion volume, a second book...


The Big Screen

by 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 ever more ubiquitous—as important...


Gary Cooper

by 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 all-American hero: lean, laconic,...


Bette Davis

by 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 . . . But it was her edge...


Ingrid Bergman

by David Thomson

“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 expectation.”...


Humphrey Bogart

by David Thomson

“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 I say,...


Try to Tell the Story

by David Thomson

David Thomson, one of our most celebrated film writers, gives us a haunting, fascinating memoir about growing up as an only child in wartime England.  He was born in London in the aftermath of the war, where...


A Guide to Growing Figs Under Glass

by David Thomson

This early work on fig cultivation is both expensive and hard to find in its first edition. It contains information on fig varieties, soil, propagation and much more. This is a fascinating work and is thoroughly...


Nicole Kidman

by David Thomson

From the brilliant film historian and critic David Thomson, a book that reinvents the star biography in a singularly illuminating portrait of Nicole Kidman—and what it means to be a top actress today. At once...