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David Thomson, author most recently of “Have You Seen . . . ?” is a regular contributor to The Guardian, The Independent, The New York Times, Movieline, The New Republic, and Salon.  He lives in San Francisco. 

David Thomson is represented by Random House Speakers Bureau (www.rhspeakers.com)

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Fan-Tan

Written by Marlon Brando and Donald Cammell
Edited by David Thomson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $13.95

A wholly unexpected, hugely entertaining work from one of the greatest actors of our time: the story of an eccentric early-twentieth-century pirate, on the high seas from the Philippines to Shanghai—a larger-than-life character that Brando could have easily inhabited himself.

Anatole “Annie” Doultry is in his early fifties, with an imposing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Fan-Tan

Written by Marlon Brando and Donald Cammell
Edited by David Thomson


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 13, 2005
Price: $9.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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"Have You Seen . . . ?"
A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
Written by David Thomson


Format: Trade Paperback, 1024 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 7, 2010
Price: $29.95

More than one thousand pages in the voice of our most provocative contemporary film critic and historian–a generous history of film and an enticing critical appraisal written with as much humor and passion as historical knowledge.

Juxtaposing the fanciful and the fabulous, the old favorites and the forgotten, this sweeping collection presents... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Beneath Mulholland
Thoughts on Hollywood and Its Ghosts
Written by David Thomson


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 24, 1998
Price: $15.00

David Thomson is at his incomparable best in this stunning collection of essays on Hollywood films--their stars and the illusions they create. He explores a sort of twilight zone where film actors and the characters they play become part of our reality, as living beings and as ghosts, residing on or... Read more >

"Have You Seen . . . ?"

Written by David Thomson


Format: eBook, 1024 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $22.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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In Nevada
The Land, the People, God, and Chance
Written by David Thomson


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2000
Price: $14.00

Nevada is the place where Samuel Clemens became Mark Twain, Frank Sinatra became Chairman of the Board, divorce became an industry and gambling an institution. It was a place that Kit Carson could explore, where Bugsy Seigel could dream, and Howard Hughes might hide. It's the government's favorite place to test... Read more >

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
Sixth Edition
Written by David Thomson


Format: eBook, 1168 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $22.99

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Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
Sixth Edition
Written by David Thomson


Format: Trade Paperback, 1168 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $29.95

With more than 100 new entries, from Amy Adams, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Cary Joji Fukunaga to Joaquin Phoenix, Mia Wasikowska, and Robin Wright, and completely updated,  here from David Thomson—“The greatest living writer on the movies” (John Banville, New Statesman); “Our most argumentative and trustworthy historian of the screen” (Michael Ondaatje)—is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
Fifth Edition, Completely Updated and Expanded
Written by David Thomson


Format: Hardcover, 1088 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $45.00

David Thomson’s New Biographical Dictionary of Film topped Sight & Sound magazine’s 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 entries—from Judd Apatow to Lena Horne—the classic, beloved film book is better than... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Nicole Kidman

Written by David Thomson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $15.95

From the brilliant film historian and critic David Thomson, a book that reinvents the star biography in a singularly illuminating portrait of Nicole Kidman—and what it means to be a top actress today. At once life story, love letter, and critical analysis, this is not merely a book about who Kidman... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Nicole Kidman

Written by David Thomson


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 10, 2008
Price: $11.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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Rosebud
The Story of Orson Welles
Written by David Thomson


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 30, 1997
Price: $16.95

Orson Welles arrived in Hollywood as a boy genius, became a legend with a single perfect film, and then spent the next forty years floundering. Welles floundered so variously, ingeniously, and extravagantly that he turned failure into "a sustaining tragedy"--his thing, his song.  Now the prodigal genius of the American cinema finally... Read more >

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Try to Tell the Story

Written by David Thomson


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 9, 2010
Price: $15.00

David Thomson, one of our most celebrated film writers, gives us a haunting, fascinating memoir about growing up as an only child in wartime England. He was born in London in the aftermath of the war, where he was raised by his mother, grandmother, and upstairs tenant, Miss Davis. He remembers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Try to Tell the Story

Written by David Thomson


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 3, 2009
Price: $11.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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The Whole Equation
A History of Hollywood
Written by David Thomson


Format: Trade Paperback, 420 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $16.00

A magnificent history of Hollywood from the invention of film to the present day, by the everywhere acclaimed David Thomson, who has established himself as the “greatest living film critic and historian” (The Atlantic Monthly), “irreplaceable” (The New York Times), and simply “the best writer about the movies” (San Francisco Chronicle)... Read more >
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