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David Thomson

David Thomson is a critic and author, best known for his A Biographical Dictionary of Film, now in its fifth edition, which won Sight & Sound’s 2010 poll of the best film books ever written. He is a regular contributor to S&S, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday, Film Comment, Movieline, the New Republic and Salon.

His other film books include Showman: The Life of David O. Selznick, Rosebud: The Story of Orson Welles, Beneath Mulholland: Thoughts on Hollywood and Its Ghosts, The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood, “Have You Seen…?”: A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films and The Big Screen. His fiction writing includes the novels Suspects and Silver Light.

He has served on the selection committee for the New York Film Festival and scripted the documentary The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind.

Articles by David Thomson

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  • From the Magazine

    Andrew Sarris, 1928-2012

    from our August 2012 issue

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

    Obituaries

  • From the Magazine

    The mark of Kane

    With Sight & Sound’s once-in-a-decade Greatest Film of All Time poll looming in 2012, David Thomson launches a series of occasional debates on the canon, here wondering whether Citizen Kane will – or should – retain its top spot.

    Thursday, May 10, 2012

    The greatest films of all time essays

  • Yekaterina Golubeva, 1966-2011

    David Thompson remembers the face of Pola X, Twentynine Palms and two films for Claire Denis.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    Obituaries

  • Big Sleep

    Howard Hawks’s famously baffling adaptation of Raymond Chandler reunited Bogart and Bacall and signalled a change in Hollywood cinema.

    Thursday, February 1, 2007

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