"Have You Seen . . . ?": A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films (Paperback)

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More than one thousand pages in the voice of our most provocative contemporary film critic and historian—a generous history of film and an enticing critical appraisal written with as much humor and passion as historical knowledge.

Juxtaposing the fanciful and the fabulous, the old favorites and the forgotten, this sweeping collection presents the films that Thomson offers to answer the question he gets asked most often—“What should I see?” Not content to choose only his own top films, Thomson has created a list that will surprise and delight you—and send you to your DVD player. 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 is a must for anyone who loves the silver screen: the perfect confection to dip into for a taste of controversy, little-known facts, and ideas about what to see. You’ll want to return to this volume again and again, like a dear but argumentative friend in the dark at the movies.

About the Author

David Thomson is the author of more than twenty books, including the beloved classic The New Biographical Dictionary of Film. He lives in San Francisco with his family.

Praise For…

“Sparks fly off nearly every page . . . [Thomson is] one of our great enthusiasts, a Julia Child for people wanting to get their hands dirty with Netflix.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“If you’re any kind of film fan, ‘Have You Seen . . . ?’ is essential . . . Thomson is, without doubt, the greatest living film historian, archivist, and professional fan.” —Los Angeles Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375711343
ISBN-10: 0375711341
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Date: December 7th, 2010
Pages: 1024
Language: English