DAVID THOMSON, born in London, in 1941, and living in San Francisco since 1981, has consistently attempted to extend the ways in which we write and read about film. So his deeply researched biography of David O. Selznick, Showman, and the five editions of The Biographical Dictionary of Film, have been balanced by “novels” taken from the movies—Suspects, Silver Light and Warren Beatty and Desert Eyes. More recently he has mixed The Whole Equation and Have You Seen…? with a study of Psycho and The Big Screen, a one-volume historical survey from Eadweard Muybridge to Steve Jobs.
David Thomson’s 15,000 word narrative ‘The Getaway’ appears for the first time in English in Contrappasso issue #2. An excerpt will appear here this week.