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Book review: ‘A Light in the Dark’ is an absorbing, eccentric history of filmmakers

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‘A Light in the Dark: A History of Movie Directors’ by David Thomson, Knopf, 2021, 288 pages, $28

“A Light in the Dark: A History of Movie Directors” is David Thomson’s unapologetically selective assessment of his picks for the visionaries who set the parameters of filmmaking from its beginnings.

The book is hardly as comprehensive as his indispensable “The Biographical Dictionary of Film.” Nor is it as delimited as his well-received biographies of director/actor Orson Welles and movie mogul David O. Selznick. In fact, it is wonderfully all over the place.