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George, George L, American Cinematographer


CINEMATIC DATABANKS

Accepted as the best reference book of its kind, Leslie Halliwell's THE FILM-GOER'S COMPANION has just been issued in its 6th edition, completely revised and in a slightly larger format. Some 10,000 entries cover virtually every aspect of film with unequaled authority, experience and intelligent selectivity (Farrar Straus Giroux $30.).

In THE NEW YORK TIMES ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TELEVISION, the newspaper's own TV expert Les Brown offers accurately explicit definitions of words and phrases common in video parlance. History, technique, personalities, programming and regulations are clearly described in this authoritative volume (Quadrangle $20.).

The 1978-79 edition of Steven H. Scheuer's MOVIES ON TV provides extensive, up-to-date information on more than 10,000 films, both theatrical releases and those made specially for TV. A must for confused video viewers (Bantam $2.95).

From 1916's Perils of Pauline to TV's current Rhoda, drama on the installment plan has been a feature of our national entertainment. This genre's history is enlighteningly surveyed in Raymond William Stedman's THE SERIALS, now in its 2nd revised and enlarged edition, a well researched and highly readable account (U. of Oklahoma Press $12.95).

If you're seeking a career in any area of moviemaking, GETTING INTO FILM will prove a helpful book. Written by Mel London an active writer-producer-director, this well planned and clearly written manual examines each line of work, creative or technical, that eager young people can explore and evaluate (Ballantine $6.95).

The narrow gauge format has evolved to the point where a book like SIMPLY SUPER 8, meant for beginners, can prove useful even to advanced practitioners. Authors Roger K. Sherman and Barry Schonhaut have expertly stressed in their basic guide both its potential and its tools-camera, sound, editing, animation and projection (Little Brown $6.95).

A comprehensive data source of the Canadian film industry, FILM CANADIANA 1976-77 includes in its 5th annual edition by Marg Clarkson, a detailed survey of production, distribution and organization, as well as a wealth of relevant material (Canadian Film Institute, Ottawa, $15.95).

Eleanor Seattle's THE HANDBOOK OF CANADIAN FILM, in an updated 2nd edition, takes a close look at the human and professional structure of the industry. An historic overview is followed by biographical sketches of leading Canadian film people, cooperative production groups, community film and video activities, study centers and technical information (Peter Martin/Take One, Montreal, $1576.95).

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY

The golden years of Paramount Pictures as seen through the intriguing angle of publicity-posters, campaign books, and other press advertising-are reflected in MOUNTAIN OF DREAMS, an engaging collection by Leslie Halliwell (Stonehill $14.95).

America's more than 40-year love affair with GWTW is chronicled in an attractive large format, mostly pictorial, book, SCARLETT FEVER by William Pratt, a survey of every facet of what went into the film's making (Macmillan $16.95/ 8.95).

The revised edition of Philip French's classic study, WESTERNS, surveys specifically the American theatrical variety of the genre, excluding "spaghetti" and other foreign made westerns.

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