The Bookshelf

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Two new volumes about directors appear in the scholarly "Guide to References and Resources" series: Preston Sturges by Ray Cywinski and Nicholas Ray by Blaine Allan. Wellresearched and fully documented, each includes a biography, a critical appraisal, a full filmography, an annotated guide to writings, plus archival material and related data (G. K. Hall, Boston, MA; $42. & $49.35).

Ken Hanke's perceptive study. Ken Russell's Films, explores the director's thematic and stylistic distinctions that mark his evolution from The Devils to Altered States. Russell's own comments clarify his esthetic approach to cinema and the sources of his visual inspiration (Scarecrow, Metuchen. NJ; $32.50).

An historic survey by Louise Heck-Rabi, Women Filmmakers: A Critical Reception explores the significant part many women have played as movie directors. Selecting 11 representative personalities, including Dorothy Arzner, Germaine Dulac, Muriel Box, Shirley Clarke and Ida Lupino, the author assembles for each a biographical sketch, a full filmography, and a broad compilation of critical assessments of their films (Scarecrow, Metuchen, NJ; $27.50).

Among paperback reprints, let us note Garner Simmons' Peckinpah: A Portrait in Montage, a vivid study of the maverick director and his cinematic style (U. of Texas, Austin, TX; $8.95); Andrew Sinclair's John Ford, a well-researched biography that reveals the craftsman behind the legend (Ungar. New York, $10.95); and Sergei Eisenstein's autobiography, Immoral Memories, with fascinating insights into his complex personality and innovative artistic theories (Houghton Miff/in, New York, $13.95).

An inherent dichotomy in Brian De Raima's personality-a confrontation between his rational mind and the passionate nature of his films-is insightfully explored by Susan Dworkin in Double De Raima. An onthe-set observer of his latest film, Body Double, Dworkin draws a penetrating profile of this intense man, immersed in the complexities of his controversial film (Newmarket, New York, $14.95/8.95).

Published by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the 1983 Annual Index to Motion Picture Credits provides a full production personnel roster of all the 289 featurelength films that opened in the Los Angeles area during that year thus qualifying for an Academy Award. Meticulously edited by Ms. Byerly Woodward, it is an authoritative record indispensable to film research (AMPAS, Beverly Hills, CA; $80, $60 to subscribers).

Randall Johnson's Cinema Novo + Five considers Brazilian films through the works of directors Andrade, Diegues, Guerra, Rocha and dos Santos. …