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One of the "must have" books about the movies.,
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This review is from: The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (Hardcover)
I have bought every edition of this book (this is the fourth) and find each one well worth the money. Thomson is the best writer among the movie critics, probably the best writer that has ever reviewed movies. His writing is so good, even when disagreeing with him, I still love reading the reviews or biographical sketches. He has a tremendous poetic economy with the English Language: consider the following:
About Bruce Dern in the film Coming Home:
". . . A rapturous embrace between Jane Fonda and Jon Voight was being watched by a wistful, suspicious Bruce Dern, his eyes lime pits of paranoia and resentment."
Or Basil Rathbone:
"The inverted arrow face, the razor nose, and a mustache that was really two fine shears stuck to his lip. Ladies looked fearfully at him, knowing that one embrace could cut them to ribbons."
Both these passages capture the essence of the star perfectly. Just perfectly. The book is full of this kind of superior writing.
The update has all the new stars, some who probably wish they were excluded. Who can not read a reviewer that says of Ben Affleck: ". . . Mr. Affleck is boring, complacent, and criminally lucky to have got away with everything so far."
As I say, Thomson has a way of capturing things perfectly in a few words.
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Initial post: Apr 24, 2012 4:06:49 PM PDT
An Old-Timer says:
I've never seen a book that justifiably earns both 1 star and 5 star reviews, as this one does. I read his piece on Cary Grant, and on Howard Hawks, in the "Library of America Movie Critics Anthology", and was never so thrilled to see something new written about both men (fortunately, from an admiring perspective).
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2012 4:23:58 PM PDT
M. Dog says:
5 star, certainly. 1 star - never.
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