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David Thomson (born 1941 in London, UK) is a noted film critic in the United States and the author of the lauded New Biographical Dictionary of Film.

Thomson was a teacher of film studies at Dartmouth College and is a regular contributor to The New York Times, Film Comment, Movieline, The New Republic, and Salon.com. As well, he has served on the selection committee for the New York Film Festival and wrote the script for the award-winning documentary The Making of a Legend: Gone With the Wind.

In addition to his Biographical Dictionary, he has also written several biographies (see below), novels ("Suspects" and "Silver Light") and unproduced screenplays (including "Fierce Heat," which was to be produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Stephen Frears).

David Thomson lives in San Francisco, California with his wife and their two sons. He is not to be confused with David Thompson, who is also a film critic.


Other books include:

  • Nicole Kidman (2006)
  • Fan Tan (a novel written with marlon brando) (2005)
  • The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood (2004)
  • Marlon Brando (2003)
  • Cinema: Year by Year (Intro only) (DK, 2005)
  • Hollywood: A celebration (DK, 2001)
  • In Nevada: The Land, The People, God, and Chance (2001)
  • The Big Sleep (BFI guide) (2000)
  • 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 ISBN 0747551812
  • Beneath Mulholland: Thoughts on Hollywood and Its Ghosts (1998)
  • Rosebud: The Story of Orson Welles (1997)
  • 4-2 (1996)
  • Showman: The Life of David O. Selznick (1993)
  • Silver Light (1990)
  • Warren Beatty and Desert Eyes (1987)
  • Suspects (1985)
  • Overexposures: A crisis in American filmmaking (1981)
  • America in the Dark: Hollywood and the gift of unreality (1978)
  • Scott's Men (reissued in 2002 as Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen) (1977)
  • A biographical dictionary of the cinema (1975)
  • Wild Excursions: The Life and Times of Lawrence Sterne (1972)
  • Hungry as Hunters (1972)
  • A Bowl of Eggs (1970)
  • Movie Man (1967)

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