The International Film Industry: A Historical Dictionary

The International Film Industry: A Historical Dictionary

The International Film Industry: A Historical Dictionary

The International Film Industry: A Historical Dictionary

Synopsis

"This is an ambitious, historical What's What (rather than Who's Who) of world film, an admirable, similarly formatted companion to Slide's The American Film Industry. . . . The entries are succinct and sturdily written, many with bibliographies. Information is generally accurate, with a few omissions, and there's a fair share of interesting esoterica. Slide's own published output nearly requires a catalog card drawer (or floppy disk) all to himself, as he and his hard-working associates continue to make the work of film scholars, students, and teachers easier and maybe a bit more fun." Library Journal

Excerpt

The International Film Industry:
A Historical Dictionary
attempts to provide the same type of reference information for world cinema as was provided for the United States with the author's earlier The American Film Industry:
A Historical Dictionary
(Greenwood Press, 1986). The present volume, like its predecessor, is basically a what's what, rather than a who's who. It offers entries on international production companies, studios, distributors, technical innovations, organizations, and other items. Additionally, the book provides brief historical essays on the cinema in virtually every country of the world, certainly all countries that have any pretense at a film industry. These entries vary in length according to the importance of the film industry in the country concerned and whether there are supplemental entries appropriate to that country. Perhaps naturally, the largest amount of space is devoted to British cinema, which, after the American film industry, has the greatest influence and popularity in the United States.

If a particular company or studio is not the subject of a separate entry but is mentioned in a country entry, immediate access to the information is available through the index. The index provides quick access to a company entry where the names of those associated are all the information a researcher has. Similarly, the index provides access to all entries relating to a specific country. Entries are under the most familiar name of the entity (not necessarily its correct or current one), but both the popular and the correct names can be found in the index.

Whenever a film is mentioned in the text, the original language title is given first, followed by an English translation or the U.S. release title, together with the date of release in the country of origin. Similarly, where the name of an organization is given in its original language, an English translation follows. An asterisk following a name indicates that the entity is the subject of a separate entry.

Quite obviously, it would be impossible to include all companies and organizations, but certainly every major entity dating back to the turn of the century as well as the more important recent subjects are to be found here. The book . . .

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