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George, George L, American Cinematographer


FACETS OF CINEMA

In AMERICAN FILM NOW, James Monaco surveys the Hollywood motion picture industry in a penetrating analysis of its business structure as it affects the people who run it, the movies they make and today's popular culture. Monaco's well documented and shrewdly argued study sees little hope for a new blossoming of cinematic art as long as its conglomerate economic framework prevails (Oxford U. Press $19.95).

Prof. Jack C. Ellis appraises in A HISTORY OF FILM the evolutionary process that influenced cinema in different countries at different times. His informative and knowledgeable approach spotlights economic and political developments as they affected the art and technique of the movies, and offers a personal, balanced view of the medium's progress (Prentice-Hall $11.95).

A revised and updated edition of P. Adams Sitney's VISIONARY FILM brings up to 1978 his classical study of the American avant-garde cinema. Sitney's familiarity with the many aspects of experimental film provide a guideline for an exciting journey among filmmakers with a gift for highly individual forms of cinematic expression (Oxford U. Press $17.95/5.95).

In THE MODERN AMERICAN NOVEL AND THE MOVIES, Gerald Peary and Roger Shatzkin have assembled a broad selection of views comparing the impact of a novel with that of the film based on it. Opinions vary widely, providing a lively confrontation of literary forms and cinematic techniques (Ungar $14.50/6.95).

A stimulating and scholarly study of form and meaning in Japanese cinema, TO THE DISTANT OBSERVER affords French film theoretician Noel Burch an opportunity for a perceptive correlation between Japan's history and culture and the country's achievements in filmmaking, particularly during the 1917-45 period (U. of California Press $19.50).

Karin Blair's MEANING IN STAR TREK is an imaginative exploration of the popular television series from a Jungian psychoanalytical angle, using characters and situations in specific episodes for a study of their relevancy to our own dreams, fears and aspirations (Warner $2.25).

Some 8000 English-language feature films and feature-length TV movies are included in Leslie Harwell's remarkable reference work, HALLIWELL'S FILM GUIDE. Covering a 50-year period, this practical, massive volume provides production data for each film, plus a brief synopsis, occasional critical reviews and a reasonable rating system (Scribners $24.95).

In FILM BIBLIOGRAPHY 1940-1975, over 5000 publications (books, monographs, dissertations) have been gathered, categorized, cross-indexed and, in many cases, annotated by Jack C. EINs, Charles Derry and Sharon Kern. A highly useful directory to the literature of the film, it is a dependable research tool (Scarecrow $28.50).

Alan Gadney has assembled in CONTESTS, FESTIVALS AND GRANTS a practical guide to some 1800 international events in film, television, radio and other communication media. This is a thoroughgoing, fully researched and well organized manual (Festival Publications, Box 10180, Glendale, CA 91209; $19.95/15.95).

SCREEN TREATMENTS

A 1936 precursor to disaster movies, Anita Loos' screenplay SAN FRANCISCO is a classical example of the genre.

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