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Beneath Mulholland: Thoughts on Hollywood and Its Ghosts

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"[Thomson is] one of the finest film

    critics in the English language."

--philip lopate, the new york times book review

If most film critics write about movies, David Thomson creates their literary counterpart with essays that are as dazzling, haunting, and moving as the pictures they discuss. In this bravura new collection, the Esquire columnist trains his eye on Hollywood's ghosts, exploring their tendency to rise from the grave or descend from the screen to intimately haunt our lives.

Thomson conjures up Jimmy Stewart in Vertigo, Jack Nicholson in Chinatown, and Cary Grant in any of the pictures where he makes every scene look like a lucky accident. With equal aplomb, he imagines a James Dean who survived the car crash and a post-Saturday Night Fever Tony Manero. We learn the "20 Things People Like to Forget About Hollywood" (Number 3: "You Are Their Playthings, Not the Other Way Around"). And on every page of Beneath Mulholland, we are educated, entertained, and enlarged by a book as savvy and incisive as any Hollywood reportage and as lyrical as the best fiction.

"Not just...one of our sharpest

writers-on-film, but...one of our

wisest and best writers, period."  

--film comment

Synopsis:

From a film critic who has set a standard for depth, poetry, and audacity comes a bravura collection of essays. David Thomson's subject is Hollywood's ghosts, and their tendency to rise from the grave — or descend from the screen — and intimately haunt American lives.<P>Thomson conjures up Jimmy Stewart in Vertigo, Jack Nicholson in Chinatown, and Cary Grant in any of the pictures where he makes every scene look like a lucky accident. With equal aplomb, he imagines a James Dean who survived the car crash and a post-Saturday Night Fever Tony Manero. We learn the "20 Things People Like to Forget About Hollywood" (Number 3: "You Are Their Playthings, Not the Other Way Around"). And on every page of Beneath Mulholland, we are entertained and enlarged by a book as savvy as any Hollywood reportage and as lyrical as the best fiction.

About the Author

David Thomson is the author of A Biographical Dictionary of Film (three editions), Showman: The Life of David O. Selznick, Rosebud: The Story of Orson Welles and three works of fiction: Suspects, Silver Light and Warren Beatty and Desert Eyes. His writing has appeared in Film Comment, Movieline, Vanity Fair, The New Republic and Esquire, to which he contributes a monthly column on the movies. Thomson lives in San Francisco with his wife and their two sons.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679772910
Author:
Thomson, David
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Thomson, David
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
American essays
Subject:
Motion picture industry
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19981131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.96x5.14x.62 in. .83 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , From a film critic who has set a standard for depth, poetry, and audacity comes a bravura collection of essays. David Thomson's subject is Hollywood's ghosts, and their tendency to rise from the grave — or descend from the screen — and intimately haunt American lives.<P>Thomson conjures up Jimmy Stewart in Vertigo, Jack Nicholson in Chinatown, and Cary Grant in any of the pictures where he makes every scene look like a lucky accident. With equal aplomb, he imagines a James Dean who survived the car crash and a post-Saturday Night Fever Tony Manero. We learn the "20 Things People Like to Forget About Hollywood" (Number 3: "You Are Their Playthings, Not the Other Way Around"). And on every page of Beneath Mulholland, we are entertained and enlarged by a book as savvy as any Hollywood reportage and as lyrical as the best fiction.
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