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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. .I was really struck by the complexity of thought in this remarkable book

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 one of our wisest and best writers, period. I was really struck by the complexity of thought in this remarkable book. If you love films and want insight into the true Hollywood of 1999, this is the book. Superb essays and flights of truth and fantasy by an outstanding author. I will read this book many times.

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In 1975, David Thomson became that rare thing, a cult movie critic, when he published his Biographical Dictionary of.The American Thomson has been changed by emigration.

In 1975, David Thomson became that rare thing, a cult movie critic, when he published his Biographical Dictionary of the Cinema. He described it (jokily? nervously?) as "the enormous, chronic, and purposeless expression of its author's obsession" and wondered whether it shouldn't have been called "Ten Thousand Hours in the Dark". Thomson was an obscure British academic who had never been to America.

David Thomson (born 18 February 1941) is a British film critic and historian based in the United States and the . Beneath Mulholland: Thoughts on Hollywood and Its Ghosts (1998).

David Thomson (born 18 February 1941) is a British film critic and historian based in the United States and the author of more than 20 books. The Alien Quartet: A Bloomsbury Movie Guide (Bloomsbury Publishing, 208 pages, 1999, ISBN 1-58234-030-7, as The Alien Quartet (Pocket Movie Guide), 2000.

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.

Beneath Mulholland : Thoughts on Hollywood and Its Ghosts.

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histories of Hollywood ( Beneath Mulholland: Thoughts on Hollywood and Its Ghosts, The Big Screen ).

Thomson’s supremely literate and maverick sensibility has informed 20-odd books over five decades, ranging from novels ( Suspects ) and biographies (David Selznick, the Warner brothers) to overwrought odes to actors ( Nicole Kidman ) and histories of Hollywood ( Beneath Mulholland: Thoughts on Hollywood and Its Ghosts, The Big Screen ).

"[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

Comments: (3)

Dark_Sun
Was looking forward to some fascinating stories,,,but got bogged down by the complexity of the writing style. The famous and critically acclaimed author is reputed to be a brilliant and lyrical writer whose mind is crammed with detailed knowledge about everything Hollywood. And indeed, after only a few minutes of reading, my poor brain is drowning in an overload of cleverly convoluted observations and an avalanche of subtle erudite insights; all eloquently jammed into each sentence.

And underlying the verbosity is an uneasy feeling that if I were the author, I should be afraid,,, very afraid,,,because ghosts who haunt a place like Mulholland are usually emotionally disturbed and vengeful spirits. They hate having their privacy disturbed and their presence revealed. So I'm going to stop reading this book before one of the angry ghosts who probably inhabits this book decides that I’m an unwanted intruder.

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Kazigrel
Damn, Kirkus Reviews! I'll give you this, 'at play in the fields of the bored' is a great turn of phrase, but I can't help but wonder if David Thomson ran over the dog of someone at Kirkus. This is still a sharply written, witty collection of David Thomson's work, and that comes from someone with some serious issues with Thomson (ROSEBUD--massively reductive and unfair; SUSPECTS--clever, great reveal, doesn't add up to enough). This book also contains two of my favorite... fictional essays, I guess would be the word, about Hollywood wunderkind Perkins Cobb.

Thomson loves spectacular flameouts; it's why journeypeople directors and survivors don't resonate with him. And "Perkins Cobb" and its followup are perfect examples of this. And the nice thing about the collection is, if you don't like one essay, try another. Anyone who enjoys dark, offbeat film writing will enjoy this collection.
lolike
I was really struck by the complexity of thought in this remarkable book. If you love films and want insight into the true Hollywood of 1999, this is the book. Superb essays and flights of truth and fantasy by an outstanding author. I will read this book many times.
Beneath Mulholland: Thoughts on Hollywood and Its Ghosts download epub
Arts & Literature
Author: David Thomson
ISBN: 067977291X
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Arts & Literature
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage; First Edition edition (November 24, 1998)
Pages: 288 pages