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The Film Encyclopedia
by Ephraim Katz
This complete, one-volume resource on film and the film industry includes more than 7,000 entries on the artistic, technical, and commercial aspects of moviemaking. An ideal reference for fans, critics, students and teachers, and the industry itself.
Paperback, 1496 pages
Published June 1st 1994 by HarperCollins Publishers
(first published 1979)
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Jan 06, 2010 Evan rated it really liked it · review of another edition
It's massive, yet has massive gaps. I've always had issues with this guide, but admired that it was compiled by one person, thus it had at least a certain critical "auteur" imprimatur. And it IS an excellent reference, but not the only one to have around. I also came into an earlier (1982) edition; with slightly less info. A lot of the deficiencies of the early editions were corrected in this later one. So, now I have two.
I bought this for fifty cents as a kid and it is likely to blame for my movie madness. I constantly had my nose in this book, looking up directors, actor bios and production notes. A great film reference book made somewhat obsolete by the internet, although not completely since many people may prefer the clear-cut presentation and accessibility of the print format. A sentimental fave as it fed my adolescent movie mania, along with Roger Ebert's book of movie reviews that I was also able to pick ...more
I read this book (it's a monster) when I was 17 and it remains one of my favorite books. In fact, I still have it tucked away in storage and wouldn't sell it even if I was offered a hundred bucks. Okay, that's a lie. I'd sell it for twenty-five bucks and go buy a newer edition and the buyer would be stuck with a 17 year-old book covered in dust.