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NATIONAL CINEMAS

Joan Mellen offers an informative survey of the Japanese contribution to film in THE WAVES AT GENJI'S DOOR. Through interviews with Nipponese directors, Prof. Mellen perceptively assesses the connection between Japan's socio-cultural patterns and their representation in film. (Pantheon $15./7.95)

Peter Cowie's knowledgeable study, FINNISH CINEMA, probes Finland's expanding production, stimulated by an enthusiastic group of young filmmakers concerned with nature and the social scene. (Barnes $6.95)

In THE MEXICAN CINEMA, Beatriz Reyes Nevares interviews 13 of that country's outstanding directors, Luis Bunuel, Arturo Ripstein, Emilio Fernandez and Jorge Fons among others. They expertly appraise their own work and the problems confronting the Mexican film industry. (U. of New Mexico Press $9.95/4.50)

Compiled by Julianne Burton, THE NEW LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA is a well researched annotated bibliography of English-language texts on the militant Latin American film movement and the availability here of its movies. (Cineaste $1.)

In the CANADIAN FILM PRODUCTION INDEX 1976, all features made in Canada in 1974-75, all shorts produced in Quebec and by the National Film Board in the same period are listed with full cast-&-credits data. (Cinémathèque Québécoise $5.95)

A thorough and well organized guide to the British film industry, KEMPS FILM AND TELEVISION YEAR BOOK 1976-77 fully details facilities, services and technical personnel available in England and, less extensively, in 30 other countries. (Kemps £6.50)

An inestimable treasure trove of data on worldwide motion picture activities, Peter Cowie's INTERNATIONAL FILM GUIDE 1977, now in an expanded, attractive new-look format, comprehensively surveys production, distribution, new films and related services in 40 lands. (Barnes $5.95)

TECHNIQUES OF THE CRAFT

Writing screenplays for both documentaries and fiction films is discussed by Dwight V. Swain in FILM SCRIPTWRITING. Aimed mainly at beginners, this is a well organized and detailed text that covers the various stages of story development and the use of the medium's techniques. (Hastings House $14.50)

A strikingly illustrated volume, FILM AND TV GRAPHICS 2 explores animation design in the screen arts. Edited by Walter Herdeg, it covers animation in entertainment and TV films, commercials and sponsored movies, titles, captions and experiments. (Hastings House $28.)

In FILMING FOR TELEVISION, two BBC staffers, A. Arthur Englander and Paul Petzold show how to adapt film techniques to video. It is a highly professional manual with a practical approach to overall production procedures and specific filming situations. (Hastings House $19.50)

Also from Hastings House, three technical books in the excellent Media Manuals series examine significant areas of film/tv production. THE LENS IN ACTION by Sidney Ray covers in detail optical systems in cinematography ($8.95); USING VIDEOTAPE by J. F. Robertson and P. H. Beards stresses the versatility and expanded utilization of this recording process ($7.95); EFFECTIVE TV PRODUCTION by Gilbert Millerson deals technically with the essentials of the medium ($8. …