Nicole Kidman by David Thomson

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From the brilliant film historian and critic David Thomson, a book that reinvents the star biography in a singularly illuminating portrait of Nicole Kidman—and what it means to be a top actress today. At once life story, love letter, and critical analysis, this is not merely a book about who Kidman is but about what she is—in our culture and in our minds, on- and offscreen.

Tall, Australian, one of the striking beauties of the world, Nicole Kidman is that rare modern phenomenon—an authentic movie star who is as happy and as creative throwing a seductive gaze from some magazine cover as she is being Virginia Woolf in The Hours. Here is the story of how this actress began her career, has grown through her roles, taken risks, made good choices and bad, and worried about money, aging, and image.

Here are the details of an actress’s life: her performances in To Die For, The Portrait of a Lady, Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge!, The Hours, and Birth, among other films; her high-visibility marriage to Tom Cruise; her intense working relationship with Stanley Kubrick and her collaborations with Anthony Minghella and Baz Luhrmann; her work with Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Renée Zellweger, and John Malkovich; her decisions concerning nudity, endorsements, and publicity.

And here are Thomson’s scintillating considerations of what celebrity means in the life of an actress like Kidman; of how the screen becomes both barrier and open sesame for her and for her audience; of what is required today of an actress of Kidman’s stature if she is to remain vital to the industry and to the audiences who made her a prime celebrity.

Impassioned, opinionated, dazzlingly original in its approach and ideas, Nicole Kidman is as alluring and as much fun as Nicole Kidman herself, and David Thomson’s most remarkable book yet.

From the Hardcover edition.

About David Thomson

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David Thomson, renowned as one of the great living authorities on the movies, is the author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, now in its fifth edition. His recent books include a biography of Nicole Kidman and The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood. Thomson's latest work is the acclaimed "Have You Seen . . . ?": A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films. Born in London in 1941, he now lives in San Francisco.
Published December 10, 2008 by Vintage. 332 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Ostensibly a critical biography of Nicole Kidman, David Thomson’s new book comes off as a weird and unseemly mash note.

Sep 17 2006 | Read Full Review of Nicole Kidman (Vintage)

Entertainment Weekly

Not yet 40, still at the peak of her fame, Nicole Kidman hardly seems ready for a serious biography — she's more at the unauthorized quickie stage of her life.

Oct 04 2006 | Read Full Review of Nicole Kidman (Vintage)

The Independent

More than any of her more successful or famous films, this is the one which combines her gifts for deadly sexual power and for brilliant comedy and Thomson's analysis of both the film and her role is masterly.

Sep 24 2006 | Read Full Review of Nicole Kidman (Vintage)

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