Chairman Mao’s “Great Leap
Forward” was a jump off the cliff. The ambitious, brutally implemented scheme
by the Communist leader to reorganize Chinese society on utopian lines
triggered a famine that claimed an estimated 36
David Thomson is among the preeminent film critics of our time. The British expatriate, living in San Francisco, has written several big doorstopper books on movie history. His latest, The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies (Farrar, Straus, Giroux), continues along the thought-provoking lines of his massive New Biographical Dictionary of Film and his bulky Have You Seen?... A Pe...