The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Fifth Edition, Completely Updated and Expanded
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: David Thomson
- Publish Date: 2010-10-26
David Thomsonâs New Biographical Dictionary of Film topped Sight & Sound magazineâs 2010 poll of international critics and writers as the best film book of all time.
Now in its fifth edition, updated, and with more than 130 new entriesâfrom Judd Apatow to Lena Horneâthe classic, beloved film book is better than ever.
For thirty-five years, David Thomsonâs Biographical Dictionary of Film has been âfiendishly seductiveâ (Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone), âthe finest reference book ever written about moviesâ (Graham Fuller, Interview), and ânot only an indispensable book about cinema, but one of the most absurdly ambitious literary achievements of our timeâ (Geoff Dyer, The Guardian). For this edition, Thomson has brought up to date and in some case recast the biographies, and has added new ones (Clive Owen, Scarlett Johansson, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Marion Cotillard, for example). The book now includes almost 1,500 entries, some of them just a pungent paragraph, some of them several thousand words long, every one a gem.
Here is a great, rare book 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, from the man David Hare called âthe most stimulating and thoughtful film critic now writing.â