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The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Sixth Edition (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. Mai 2014


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"America has given the world Emily Dickinson, "Moby-Dick," jazz, Faulkner, Hollywood, rock 'n' roll, and this book." --Michael Robbins, Chicago Tribune

"The best book on the movies ever written in English." —The New Republic

“Thomson proves anew that he is irreplaceable . . . His monologue has blossomed into an unlikely, searching dialogue about what to value in the movies—how to love what’s come before without nostalgia, and how to find the courage to demand more from the stuff being made right now . . . Deservedly treasured . . . One of the most probing accounts ever written of a human being’s engagement with the movies.” —Sarah Kerr, The New York Times Book Review

“Delicious. One of the best and most useful books written about the movies.” —Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle

The Dictionary is not only an indispensable book about cinema, but one of the most absurdly ambitious literary achievements of our time.”  —Geoff Dyer, Sight & Sound

“A marvel . . . Eccentric, audacious, sparkling . . . Probably the greatest living film critic and historian, Thomson writes the most fun and enthralling prose about the movies since Pauline Kael.” —Benjamin Schwarz, The Atlantic

“From Abbott and Costello to Crumb’s Terry Zwigoff, David Thomson expertly caters the banquet of film history in the latest edition of this classic. One critics’ poll called it the best movie book ever; it also has some of the finest, orneriest writing in the English language.”
Time 
 
“Truly, maddeningly, gloriously subjective . . . Buy this book for a friend, and bask in the pleasure of knowing that you have incalculably enriched his life. Buy it for yourself, and book some quality time with one of the finest writers the story of film has ever had.”
—Saul Austerlitz, San Francisco Chronicle
 
“[A] mad and magnificent opus . . . Thomson is a great rhapsodist of how film acts on his, and therefore our, imagination. . . . Close viewing, and the insights that spring from rapt attention, are what Thomson’s criticism is all about. Despite its seemingly straitlaced A-to-Z format, the ‘Dictionary’ is oddball and Borgesian, finding imaginative ecstasy in its encyclopedic tendency. The book crackles with epigram while often reaching for meanings that endow familiar subjects with a new reality. . . . It’s an essential, loony, irresistible book, and scarcely a week passes when I don’t submerge myself for an hour or two in its labyrinthine marvels.”
—Richard Rayner, Los Angeles Times
 
“Essential . . . Razor-sharp reviews are often commentaries on both the filmmaker and the audience. . . . We’re always aware that we’re engaging with a passionate educated human being. Isn’t that more interesting and rewarding than marketing-driven Netflix summaries? Great critics are cinema’s most inspiring enthusiasts. Four stars.”
            —Jeffrey Overstreet, Books & Culture
 
“Witty, expasive, convincing, honest, more than a little mischievous and, so often, absolutely on the money. Thomson’s voice is one of the most distinctive and enjoyable in film criticism. It leaps from the pages of this spruced up classic like flames from a bonfire. . . . Almost every page contains at least one unexpected nugget of information that you would struggle to come across by any other means. . . . However, the real value of this book lies not in facts, but in opinions. Thomson’s views are so shrewd, so exquisitely stated that, more often than not, they feel like thoughts you already held but were never quite sure how to put into words. . .  In a world awash with amateur pundits, the value of a genuine expert who knows his own mind has never been higher. . . . Dip into any entry and you will find irrefutable proof that his gaze remains as sharp as ever. For as long as there are films worth writing about, Thomson’s opinions will remain worth reading.”
            —Benjamin Secher, The Telegraph
 
“The newest edition of David Thomson’s New Biographical Dictionary of Film is 1,076 pages long. It weighs a ton. And yet, it’s almost impossible to put down.”
The New York Observer
 
“Invaluable and occasionally maddening.”          —Steven Rea, The Kansas City Star
 
“Skip the movie; read David Thomson instead. Addictive . . . his landmark work. You’ll see how erudite, generous, cheeky, elegant and fascinating Thomson’s writing is. Take any entry and it’s impossible not to want to read to the finish.” —Kyle Smith, New York Post

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

DAVID THOMSON is a regular contributor to The Guardian, The Independent, The New York Times, Movieline, The New Republic, and Salon. He lives in San Francisco.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent reference companion with concise analysis 24. August 2014
Von Publius - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Biographical Dictionary of Film has always placed in film journal polls among the Top Five film books ever written. His entries are wonderfully concise and precise, and often extremely perceptive. Like John Simon before him, his entries can sometimes be mean-spirited towards some actresses he is not fond of (he finds Julie Christie to be "lantern-jawed...") On the other hand, he confesses his crush on Angie Dickinson.

Whether you agree or disagree with him, however, you will refer to this book often just to see how much his opinion of directors and actors differs from your own and enjoy his (for the most part) pithy and witty observations.

The one failing on his updated editions (this is now the sixth) is that he generally does not add any NEW commentary to actors, actresses and directors currently working once he has written his original entry in a prior edition. He merely updates his original entry by listing the more recent titles and dates of films with at most one or two words of commentary every now and then. Thus, I have to deduct one star for recent laziness.

I would definitely recommend another of his volumes... "HAVE YOU SEEN...?"... where he discusses his 1000 favorite films of all time. I found "Have You Seen..." to be even more enjoyable than this volume.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Sheer Delight 11. Oktober 2014
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I love reference books. They are the best for nightstand and bathroom reading. A good, solid reference on a subject you are interested in a wise investment in time and money.

This new edition of a long-time classic is, as the past editions have been, a sheet delight. Like the old potato chip commercial put it, you can't eat just one entry. You will find yourself staying up later than you intended (or taking a lot longer to get ready for the day, etc.), but pfft. Who cares when a writer like Thomson is keeping you reading? He has not lost any of his edge, strong opinion, or ability to make you laugh out loud. If you agree with his take, you nod your head at his wit and incisive writing. If you disagree with him, all the better. It's still enlightening and more often than not, a hoot. Not just everybody is listed here, of course, but then, not just everybody deserves to be.

Turn on the side lamp, adjust the pillow, and expect to be tired in the morning.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great fun.... 10. Juni 2014
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A terrific book, though not fully updated. Regardless, and despite largely subjective and some might think often wrong-headed commentaries, this is a splendid book to own. It is great fun to look up someone, find him or her there, and enjoy the thoughts Thomson shares. Agree or disagree.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not since Gibbon's Decline and Fall was there book so dry of title yet so loveable of content 19. Dezember 2014
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Jennifer Lawrence? Well, she 'has great skin tone'; as for The Hunger Games*, it's 'a franchise that could outlast civilization. Perhaps it has already.' Barbra Streisand? 'Only in her early seventies [as is Thomson].. as volatile and brooding as the San Andreas fault..' It's the 'only' that slays me. What I want to know is, if this is 'the best book on the movies ever written IN ENGLISH' (cover quote), in what language is the best movie book EVER? Thomson is of course as good as it gets, an essential component of any library personal or private. In its newest avatar his magnum opus manages to remain surprisingly manageable in size. Who he leaves out - Dame Joan Collins, Sir Norman Wisdom (big in Albania) - is as fascinating as what he thinks of those who get in. It is gloriously addictive.

* The Hunger Games, I read on December 4 in my local (London) paper, 'flatters the self-centredness of the teenage girl with appalling expertise'

Edit 17 June 2015
Can we see Roy Andersson in the next edition, please? The New Statesman's Ryan Gilbey finds his new movie, the serio-comic A Pigeon Sat.., less profound than its two predecessors. What does David think?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must have for anyone interested in the movies, ... 6. Juli 2014
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A must have for anyone interested in the movies, from the casual fan to the film scholar. This is the third of the six editions that I own.
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