The Bookshelf

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FACTS AND FIGURES

Michael G. Fitzgerald's UNIVERSAL PICTURES is an entertaining and informative large-format, 800-page book that surveys the colorful panorama of the studio's evolution from its founding by Carl Laemmle in 1912 to its takeover by MCA in 1964. (Arlington $30.)

Now in its 28th year of publication, John WiIMs' SCREEN WORLD 1977 is a profusely illustrated statistical and pictorial record of 1976 movies, with complete cast-&-credits for all films released in the U. S. that year. (Crown $12.95)

Biographical sketches of many film personalities appear in the 16th edition of WHO'S WHO IN THE THEATRE, edited by lan Herbert, an invaluable record of the contemporary stage. (Gale $50.)

A psychological study of the modern horror film, appropriately illustrated, DARK DREAMS by Charles Derry surveys the post-1960 crop and convincingly contends that such movies represent the most popular and accessible expression of our everyday fears. (Barnes$15.)

Viewing sex film production as a valuable and not uncommon training ground for future directors, Steven Ziplow presents in THE FILM MAKER'S GUIDE TO PORNOGRAPHY a detailed guide to the genre, with all necessary practical advice on the various aspects of production, how to deal with performers, legal risks, and breaking into the field. (Drake $6.95)

An erudite and entertaining evaluation of Hollywood's influence on our culture, David Thomson's AMERICA IN THE DARK interprets cinema history and evaluates countless films in a byand-large optimist assessment. (Morrow $8.95)

Highly useful in tracing film footage excerpted from a variety of sources, John Chittock's WORLD DIRECTORY OF STOCK SHOTS AND FILM PRODUCTION LIBRARIES lists 301 national film archives and film libraries in 59 countries, together with a crossindexed breakdown of available material. (Pergamon $16.50)

A comprehensive listing of all nontheatrical films dealing with well-known personalities, FAMOUS PEOPLE ON FILM by Carol A. Emmens is a handy reference tool that offers complete data on some 1500 famous (and infamous) persons. (Scarecrow $13.50)

That our experience of film is heightened by understanding its technique, esthetics and appeal is Gerald Mast's thesis in FILM/CINEMA/MOVIE. His stimulating and factual book offers a persuasive analysis of theory and film's emotional impact. (Harper & Row $17.50)

CELEBRITIES ON PARADE

The third, revised and enlarged, edition of a critical study by the wellknown film scholar Herman G. Weinberg, THE LUBITSCH TOUCH has just been published. It is in all respects a classical text that belongs in every library. (Dover $4.)

In KEN RUSSELL, Joseph A. Gomez portrays his subject as a creative director who achieved in his films a remarkably successful balance between fidelity to both theme and tone of the original work and to his own highly original cinematic concepts. (Pergamon $15.95)

Ken Russell's forthcoming film about Rudolph Valentino (as played by dancer Rudolf Nureyev) coincides with two new biographies of the actor and one reprint. …