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The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood


From D.W. Griffin to Chaplin, from Brando to Nicole Kidman, Thomson gives readers one of the wisest, most insightful, entertaining, and illuminating ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000

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by mailerfool on Jul 31, 2008

Blame it on my wife whose bio-mania brought the Nicole Kidman biography by David Thomson into our house. I could tell its style was well beyond just 'pop', and each chapter ventured more and more into reasonably-inferred psychological suppositions that gave unusual depth to a celebrity figure. And, despite his observational distance, there came from Thomson himself a sense of depth to his own mind as it developed in examining Kidman. Very, very good writing. So I bought his earlier, more comprehensive work, The Whole Equation. This guy knows his Hollywood, brings psychological keenness I rarely see in any work of any kind, and even in mentioning anecdotal material that has passed by me before, gives that a context and elaboration totally fresh. A gem.

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