Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9781400096268, 249pp.
Publication Date: October 10, 2006
David Thomson is a prolific writer on film; his books include the controversial biography of Nicole Kidman, biographies of David O. Selznick and Orson Welles, and two books on Hollywood, "Beneath Mulholland "and "The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood" . He lives in San Francisco.
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