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The Film Encyclopedia 7th Edition: The Complete Guide to Film and the Film Industry Paperback – May 1, 2012
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“The best movie reference book, hands down.” -- Newsweek
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Ephraim Katz's The Film Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive single-volume encyclopedia on film and is considered the undisputed bible of the film industry. Completely revised and updated, this seventh edition features more than 7,500 A–Z entries on the artistic, technical, and commercial aspects of moviemaking, including:
- Directors, producers, actors, 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;
- Plus comprehensive listings of academy award–winning films
- And artists, top-grossing films, and much more!
- ASIN : 0062026151
- Publisher : Collins Reference; 7th edition (May 1, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 1616 pages
- Item Weight : 4.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.38 x 2.59 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #100,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael Callahan, Ph.D. Cinema, U.S.C., 1971
If the prospective buyer of this volume is concerned about the form in which he should purchase this work, I would simply point out that the last hardbound edition was printed with cheap paper, and that its long-term value is somewhat diminished on that score. As to the Kindle version being reviewed, the issue seems to be one of accessibility; personally, I would say it is not that much harder to "swipe through" the Kindle version in looking for particular entries than it is to "page through" the print format. It's about 50/50 split in terms of relative convenience in either medium; perhaps readers will take the path I chose, and have copies in both formats. It should be noted that the Kindle edition contains the most recent update ( such as it is, dating to 2012 ).
Writing as a common viewer, I would venture to say that 'The Film Encyclopedia' ( coupled with Leonard Maltin's equally gigantic movie guide ) would probably meet the essential reference needs of the majority of movie buffs. I can't in good conscience give it less than five stars.
Since there is no index to the book it is impossible to locate a subject on a Kindle. With an actual copy of the book, one can go to the various alphabet chapter and plow through page after page till you find what you are searching for. Even that is a tedious way of seeking information. Even at the low Kindle price of $2.99 it is a waste of money.
If there was a way to get my $2.99 back I would pursue it, since the format is so frustrating.
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