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The most important book ever written about Film,
This review is from: The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Expanded and Updated (Paperback)
This is without doubt the most important book that has ever been written about the subject of Film and filmmaking. More than Bazin, Andrew Sarris, Pauline Kael, Andrew Sarris or the Cahier du Cinema even! This version is the 5th edition which was revised to add several more entries. I started with the 4th edition when it came out in 1994. Without David Thomson i would never have discovered most of the great directors and their masterpieces - including Lola Montes, Gertud, Ugetsu Monogatari and Shanghai Express. It was my great luck that i found a writer who i agreed with and connected with what he said, it wasnt the official british line than goodness, but fresh, original, personal and opinionated. In any subject you need a guide and teacher, David Thomson is 'the man' when it comes to the world of Film.