Author Spotlight

David Thomson

Born and raised in London, David Thomson is the author of A Biographical Dictionary of Film and, most recently, Sleeping With Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire, among many other books.

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The Chameleonic Charms of Sir Alec
The Chameleonic Charms of Sir Alec

Alec Guinness carved out a place among the greatest of British actors by mixing his demure persona with dry wit and a taste for the absurd.

By David Thomson

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Rebecca: Welcome to the Haunted House
Rebecca: Welcome to the Haunted House

Alfred Hitchcock achieved Oscar-winning success with this psychological thriller, a tumultuous collaboration with producer David O. Selznick.

By David Thomson

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The Fugitive Kind: When Sidney Went to Tennessee
The Fugitive Kind: When Sidney Went to Tennessee

In the late 1940s, driven by the opening-night ovations for A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams embarked on more than a decade of immense success. During this period, he wrote at a furious pace: Summer and Smoke, The Rose Tattoo, Camino R…

By David Thomson

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BLAST FROM THE PAST: DILLINGER IS DEAD

If Dillinger is dead, who will take revenge? There were movies once that began, “Custer is dead,” in which you could reckon that a lot of Indians were going to pay the price. This bizarre film by Marco Ferreri (only just released in the United St

By David Thomson

The Last Emperor, or The Manchurian Candidate

In the first few moments of Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor, we get extreme versions of China, done in the film’s rigorous yet electrifying color scheme. We open in the drabbest years of Mao, with an innately gray column of political priso…

By David Thomson

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Le Samouraï: Death in White Gloves

Tone and style are everything with Le samouraï. Poised on the brink of absurdity, or a kind of attitudinizing male arrogance, Jean-Pierre Melville’s great film flirts with that macho extremism and slips over into dream and poetry just as we grow m…

By David Thomson

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Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne:The Earrings of Robert Bresson

Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne is fixed in history as not just the second feature film by Robert Bresson, but as one of those movies that heralded an austere, modernistic way of seeing and feeling. But not even Bresson, in 1944, knew that he was bound

By David Thomson

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