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The critic as stalker

Fawning and voyeuristic, David Thomson's paean to his screen idol fails to excite the co-author of the "Eyes Wide Shut" screenplay

By Frederic Raphael   November 2006

Nicole Kidman by David Thomson (Bloomsbury, £18.99)

The critic’s first duty is to seek out anything meritorious and commend it. In the case of David Thomson’s Nicole Kidman, this will not detain us long. There are some nice pics of the lady and hints of intelligent things the author might have said about the medium, if he had not been infatuated to a point beyond that which reduced Emil Jannings, in The Blue Angel, from presiding professor to drooling dupe.

The film critic is forever pressing his nose—and other parts, it seems—against the barrier between him and the medium. How…

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