Magazine article American Cinematographer

The Bookshelf

Magazine article American Cinematographer

The Bookshelf

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Extensive information on East Coast film/tv production is available in the fully updated 1983 edition of THE PRODUCER'S MASTERGUIDE, compiled by Samuel Bension. This thorough and accurate manual covers all essential data on union scales and work rules, production facilities, city and state regulations and other relevant material in the 7 eastern US states, plus Ontario and Quebec (Bowker$58).

Production personnel and facilities in 49 major film/tv producing countries are listed extensively in the 17th annual edition of KEMPS INTERNATIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION YEARBOOK 1982/83. Technicians as well as creative professionals, production and research services, equipment and lab facilities, are fully classified by category and country in this comprehensive and reliable directory (Bowker $50).

From Wings (1927) to Chariots of Fire (1981), a 55-year span of film history is covered in Paul Michael's THE ACADEMY AWARDS. This pictorial survey of Hollywood's annual Oscar contest marks notable milestones in the evolution of cinema's artistic and social standards, while affording enjoyable reading both to film students and buffs (Crown $17.95).

The 35th annual edition of John Willis' SCREEN WORLD 1982 is a complete pictorial and statistical record of all films released in the USA during the previous year. Over 10,000 well-illustrated entries offer extensive production credits, biographical notes, awards and other data in this entertaining and factual reference work (Crown $19.95).

Compiled by Max Joseph Alvarez, INDEX TO MOTION PICTURES REVIEWED BY VARIETY, 1907-1980 includes literally thousands of features and shorts evaluated in the authoritative trade weekly over a 73-year period. An invaluable reference guide, it constitutes a unique source of information for all students of cinema (Scarecrow $32.50).

An extensive index to film reviews appearing in leading US periodicals and the New York Times in 1963-80 is compiled by James M. Salem in A GUIDE TO CRITICAL REVIEWS. Some 6,500 titles are included, covering a wide assortment of theatrical features and shorts, documentaries, educational and other non-theatrical movies (Scarecrow $45).

The 1983 edition of INTERNATIONAL FILM GUIDE presents it 20th annual survey of world film production. Edited by Peter Cowie with his usual competence and reliability, it covers 50 countries in an informed appraisal of their most notable movies. It names five "directors of the year" (including Bob Rafelson for The Postman Always Rings Twice) and discusses animation, archives, publications, schools and other relevant services (NY Zoetrope, 80 E. 11 St., NYC, 10003, $10.95).

The first issue of a new annual, INTERNATIONAL TV AND VIDEO GUIDE 1983, edited by OHi Tuomola, reports on significant programs and productions in 25 countries. Also included are useful facts on satellites, video games, festivals, archives, animation and further current developments (NY Zoetrope $9. …

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