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A Critical History and Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series

4.5  ·  Rating Details ·  58 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Provides an account of the Godzilla movies focusing on how differences in American and Japanese culture, as well as differences in their respective film industries, underlie the discrepancies in the Japanese and American versions of the film. This work also covers various political and social subtexts of the movies.
Paperback, 267 pages
Published April 13th 2007 by McFarland & Company (first published 1997)
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Mike
Oct 10, 2016 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the second edition of his book, David Kalat does a couple of things. First, he provides a complete reference to all the Godzilla movies through 2004's Final Wars with release dates, cast and crew listings, and similar data. That's nice information to have collected all in one place.

The second, more significant aspect of the book combines a narrative of the franchise's history with critiques of each movie. The history is very good, looking at things like the decision making process at the Toho
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Toxic Graveyard
Jan 11, 2016 Toxic Graveyard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t remember the first Godzilla movie i ever watched. I feel like it must have been at a time in my life before solid memories were formed. I’m sure i first saw one of the films as a very young child on TV. He became a part of my DNA. I have always known who the Big G is and I’ve always loved watching the films. Information about the series has become somewhat more available in recent years but my own personal knowledge bank is scant at best. At least it was until I read this fantastic book. ...more
Robb Bridson
Jun 20, 2014 Robb Bridson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A must-read for any Godzilla fan, and recommended to anybody interested in filmography, film business, film history, Japanese-American relations, Japanese and American culture, and interesting true stories about people you don't hear much about.

Showing his fandom throughout, Kalat introduces us to the directors and their visions, the writers and their political and artistic differences, the businessmen at Toho and their American counterparts, and the poor suckers who had to wear those big rubber
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Marc Mason
Nov 04, 2012 Marc Mason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An academic text dedicated to Godzilla? Who would have thunk it? Yet this comprehensive work does just that, and in impressive fashion. Not only are the films examined as films, but also as cultural artifacts. Great care is given to context as well, historical, cultural, and financial. An impressive piece of work on a subject that more than warranted it.
Steve
Feb 28, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it
I finished this a while ago... a very thorough look at the history behind this series of movies. The 2nd edition includes chapters on every G movie made, which I loved.

Can't wait for the next entry in the series...May 2014!
Mark Matzke
Dec 15, 2010 Mark Matzke rated it it was amazing
both first and second editions are worth every penny. Absolutely fascinating reading
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