Does acting matter? David Thomson, one of our most respected and insightful writers on movies and theater, answers this question with intelligence and wit. Thomson tackles this most elusive of subjects, examining the allure of the performing arts for both the artist and the audience member while addressing the paradoxes inherent in acting itself. He reflects on the casting process, on stage versus film acting, and on the cult of celebrity.
David Thomson is the author of more than twenty books, including biographies of David O. Selznick and Orson Welles, “The New Biographical Dictionary of Film,” and the new “On Acting.” The Atlantic called him “probably the greatest living film critic and historian.”
Steve Wasserman is publisher and executive director of Heyday Books and served as a principal architect of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books when he was editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review from 1996 to 2005.