Jake Wilson reviews 'Warner Bros: The Making of an American movie studio' by David Thomson

Jake Wilson reviews 'Warner Bros: The Making of an American movie studio' by David Thomson

Warner Bros: The Making of an American movie studio

by David Thomson

Yale University Press (Footprint), $39.99 hb, 220 pp, 9780300197600

David Thomson has been an essential writer on film for around half a century, but in certain circles his reputation has long been in decline. The reasons are obvious enough. He writes too much, and sometimes carelessly; he lets his feelings run away with him; an Englishman who followed his dream to the United States, he hardly pretends that Iranian cinema, say, could possibly be as important to him as Hollywood. He has also developed a habit of launching sweeping attacks on the medium itself, which have the tang of personal bitterness, as if he regrets not dedicating his gifts to a more worthy muse.

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Jake Wilson

Jake Wilson

Jake Wilson is a freelance writer who lives in Melbourne and reviews films regularly for The Age. Formerly the Melbourne correspondent for Urban Cinefile and a co-editor of Senses of Cinema, he has contributed to a range of print and online publications, including Kill Your Darlings, RealTime, Bright Lights Film Journal, and Meanjin. Some of his film writings are archived on his personal website.