David Thomson is the author of The Whole Equation: A History of
Hollywood, The New Biographical Dictionary of Film and a book on Nicole
Kidman, to be published in September (all from Knopf). He lives in San Francisco.
Satirist Alan Bennett's Untold Stories is a packed suitcase of a book by one of Britain's finest writers, exploring the ra
Admired from a distance and reviled up close, Laurence Olivier
could establish a relation with his audience that was like an
infection. His official biography chronicles a personal life of an
actor who altered the cultural compass of a nation.
If we had four or five Abbott Joseph Lieblings in Iraq and Washington, it might be a different war, one in which those hugely amiable, observant and amusable souls could bring us the news that, y