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The Film Encyclopedia (1979)

by Ephraim Katz

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This was my successor to Leslie Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion, and it is a much thicker more complete book. Unlike Halliwell's book, it has enough meat to be a pretty fun browse, even now, though not as complete or ultimately as useful as IMDB. ( )
  datrappert | May 31, 2011 |
reference book but badly out of date. still good for films and stuff before c. 1980. ( )
  echaika | Jan 11, 2010 |
The best single volume movie reference book around. This edition has a few new entries and new credits for older entries, but it could stand a completely new overhaul for the next edition. ( )
  mritchie56 | Oct 22, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0062730894, Paperback)

This is the basic reference guide to the international cinema. Put it next to your TV and VCR and you'll be able to answer the questions that inevitably arise when you watch a movie: "What other films has she been in?"; "Haven't I heard that director's name before?"; and "What in tarnation is a gaffer?" The Film Encyclopedia contains biographies and filmographies of actors, directors, producers, and cinematographers, as well as screenwriters, editors, musical directors, production designers, and critics. You can look up films by nationality and find a history of a given country's contribution to the art. Technical data is also indexed, so you can read not only about film stock and the apparatus of the camera, but also about the duties of the gaffer, the key grip, and the best boy. The book's introduction states that Ephraim Katz, who died in 1992, set out to write "the most comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia of world cinema ever published in the English language." The Film Encyclopedia contains more information than any other single-volume film reference and is also the best written movie guide of its kind. Because most of the entries were written by Katz himself, reading this book is like talking to a witty and learned film historian who has devoted his life to understanding--and loving--the cinema.

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"Now in its completely revised and updated third edition, this invaluable A to Z guide contains more that 7,000 entries on directors, producers, stars, screenwriters, and cinematographers; styles, genres, and schools of filmmaking; motion picture studios and film centers; film-related organizations and events; industry jargon and technical terms; inventions, inventors, and equipment, and more."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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