Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Magazine article American Cinematographer

The Bookshelf

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The first three volumes of International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers have been published: they cover Films, Directors/Filmmakers, and Actors/Actresses. Knowledgeably edited by Christopher Lyon and James Vinson, these substantial reference tomes offer a wealth of invaluable research data. Some 600 films of world class, 500 internationally recognized directors, 700 performers with universal reputations are discussed in extensive entries, focusing on their contributions to cinema art and technique, and their significance as symbols of cinematic progress (St James Press, Chicago, $50 ea. ).

A practical 7-language lexicon, Film Vocabulary includes French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Danish translations of some 1000 commonly used cinema terms, with convenient cross-indexing (National Textbook/Cram, Lincolnwood. IL, $12.95}.

A new volume in the Directors Guild of America Oral History series, Curtis Bernhardt (1899-1981) traces the German-born director's career in his country, then in Hollywood beginning 1939, where his imaginative approach and innovative techniques often caused friction with producers. In interviews with Mary Kiersch, Bernhardt reveals himself as a versatile director of dramas, comedies, musicals and films noirs, with Possessed starring Joan Crawford and High Wall with Robert Taylor among his notable achievements (Scarecrow, Metuchen, NJ, $19.50}.

In Steven Spielberg, Donald R. Mott and Cheryl McAllister Saunders analyze the director's technique in film and television. They discuss Spielberg's natural lighting style, reliance on montage, extensive use of special effects and computerized video-assisted technology, stressing influences, motifs and methodology (G. K. Hall, Boston, $18.95}.

A remarkable autobiography illuminates the early era of film production and the role a determined woman played in it. The Memoirs of Alice Guy Blachê vividly documents the life of the first woman director. Working in Paris and New York, between and 1920, she directed hundreds of onereelers and also features with such stars as Olga Petrova and Bessie Love (Scarecrow, Metuchen, NJ, $17.50}.

A penetrating and comprehensive study by R. C. Dale, The Films of René Clair examines the work of the quintessential French film auteur. His involvement at every creative stage of production was reflected in his films' conceptual integrity, whose elements Dale analyzes with keen understanding of the cinematic medium (Scarecrow, Metuchen, NJ, 2 vols. $79.50}.

James Goode's The Making of "The Misfits", now in paperback, is a detailed chronicle of the hardships that surrounded the production of this Marilyn Monroe-Clark Gable 1960 film, directed by John Huston and scripted by Arthur Miller (Limelight, NYC, $9. …

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