In 1975, David Thomson published his "Biographical Dictionary of
Film, " and few film books have enjoyed better press or such steady
Now, thirty-three years later, we have the companion volume, a
second book of more than 1,000 pages in one voice that of our most
provocative contemporary film critic and historian.
Juxtaposing the fanciful and the fabulous, the old favorites and
the forgotten, this sweeping collection presents the films that
Thomson offers in response to the question he gets asked most often
What should I see? This new book is a generous history of film and
an enticing critical appraisal written with as much humor and
passion as historical knowledge. Not content to choose his own top
films (though they are here), Thomson has created a list that will
surprise and delight you and send you to your best movie rental
But he also probes the question: after one hundred years of film,
which ones are the best, and why?"
Have You Seen . . . ? " suggests a true canon of cinema and one
that s almost completely accessible now, thanks to DVDs. This book
is a must for anyone who loves the silver screen: the perfect
confection to dip into at any point for a taste of controversy,
little-known facts, and ideas about what to see. This is a volume
you ll want to return to again and again, like a dear but
argumentative friend in the dark at the movies.
"From the Hardcover edition.""
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