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Ridley Scott Encyclopedia by Laurence Raw
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This one-volume, A-Z encyclopedia covers both Scott's body of work as a director and its influences. Compiled by Laurence Raw, who has published widely in the field of cinema, this work is divided into four categories. The first category explores Scott's work as a director, placing an emphasis on his feature films but including his work in television. Of particular interest in this category is the inclusion of numerous television commercials directed by Ridley Scott. The second category comprises of the people who have helped bring Scott's vision to fruition: the actors, writers, and producers. The third category will be most useful to film students as it explores common themes in Scott's films. Thematic elements range from the construction of gender in film narrative to political activism. The fourth category includes films and directors that have influenced the director's approach to filmmaking. Entries from all four categories are alphabetically arranged by name or title. Individual entries vary from short paragraphs to multiple pages. Each actor profile gives an in-depth look at his or her role in a film, with special attention given to what attracted these individuals to the role. A reference or short bibliography completes all entries. Bibliographic references vary from published books to Websites. The volume also includes an introduction and an index, but a filmography is not included.Raw's encyclopedia is written for both high school students and undergraduates, along with the curious fan or general reader. This work would make a good addition to any public, school, or academic library with a paucity of reference literature pertaining to contemporary film directors.

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