David Thomson: Warner Bros. and the Making of the American Dream
Chair: Jason Solomons
David Thomson is arguably the world’s greatest living film critic and writer on the movies. His New Biographical Dictionary of Film was voted by Sight and Sound the best book on film ever written. His latest book, Warner Bros, charts the history of the ultimate family business, taking us behind the scenes of the legendary Warner Brothers film studio, where Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack, unschooled immigrants, turned themselves into the moguls and masters of American fantasy. Out of their studio came some of the most iconic films of all times, from black and white musicals, through the pioneering talkie The Jazz Singer to Casablanca, East of Eden and Bonnie and Clyde.
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David Thomson is an award-winning film critic and author, best known for his A Biographical Dictionary of Film, now in its fifth edition, which won Sight & Sound’s 2010 poll of the best film books ever written. He is a regular contributor to newspapers and journals including S&S, the NYT and Guardian. His many other film books include Showman: The Life of David O. Selznick and Rosebud: The Story of Orson Welles. He has also written fiction. He has served on the selection committee for the New York Film Festival and scripted the documentary The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind.
Jason Solomons, author of Woody Allen: Film by Film, is one of Britain’s leading film critics. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio London, BBC News, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2, Sky News and London Live TV, as well as the on-board film guide for Virgin Atlantic.