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One of the most critically acclaimed series ever produced, Breaking Bad (Sony Pictures Television/AMC, 2008–2013) won legions of avid viewers who debated its every nuance as they followed the evolution of terminally ill high-school teacher Walter White as he became the drug kingpin Heisenberg. This one-of-a-kind book—the ultimate official guide to the show—covers the evolution of Breaking Bad from the pilot to the final episode and beyond. Adapted and expanded from Breaking Bad Alchemy, the interactive e-book for the iPad, it highlights the unique elements that made the series so magnetic. The book is filled with insider secrets about the making of the show and the meanings behind its iconography, as well a complete Breaking Bad timeline; in-depth looks at the series’ groundbreaking cinematography, music, and special effects; exclusive interviews with creator Vince Gilligan; and new text from noted film critic David Thomson. Bad fans will enjoy the book's updated design, more than 100 new images, and perceptive captions. Renowned critic David Thomson reveals an extensive interview with Vince Gilligan just for this edition, and provides an insightful introduction—arguing that Breaking Bad is not only a great show, but one of the most significant works of fiction in the new century. In addition to exploring how this epic series came to be, Thomson sets Breaking Bad in the context of both crime literature and long-form television.
David Thomson is an acclaimed author and film historian who has chronicled cinema's biggest celebrities. Considered one of the foremost film writers of our time, Thomson is a sought-after speaker and has been hailed as “the greatest living film critic and historian” by Benjamin Schwarz of the Atlantic. He is the author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (Knopf, now in its sixth edition) and Hollywood: A Celebration [DK], among other works. In early 2011, the New Republic named Thomson the columnist for its new online section, “At the Movies.” He's also a contributor to the New York Times, Film Comment, Movieline, and Salon.com. Additionally, Thomson taught film studies at Dartmouth College and served on the selection committee for the New York Film Festival. He lives in San Francisco, CA.