Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

David Thomson is back

For all his disgusting slobbering over Nicole Kidman (I speak metaphorically, m’lud), David Thomson remains one of the key film writers of our age. The latest edition of his masterwork, the New Biographical Dictionary of Film, has just dropped through …

Tue, Oct 26, 2010, 19:28

   

For all his disgusting slobbering over Nicole Kidman (I speak metaphorically, m’lud), David Thomson remains one of the key film writers of our age. The latest edition of his masterwork, the New Biographical Dictionary of Film, has just dropped through the same voluminous letterbox that recently allowed in the Time Out Film Guide.

I don’t want to say too much about it, as I will be reviewing the book for the paper, but it is worth noting who’s made their way in since the last volume. People who have (for good or ill) made overdue entries include Jerry Bruckheimer, Jackie Chan and Jim Broadbent. Judd Apatow has bundled his way onto the pages and Brendan Gleeson makes a deserved entry. As ever, brief supernovae — who seemed like the future in the past — such as Molly Ringwald retain the place they were given in earlier editions.

Who’s the biggest omission? It has, surely, (returning to themes above) to be Michael Haneke. Upon looking and not finding him there, I shook the book vigorously to discover if he had got stuck in the binding. It’s not as if Thomson isn’t interested in the director. Ponder, for example, his piece on him in The Guardian. Very puzzing.

Might he simply have forgotten?

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