Magazine article American Cinematographer

The Bookshelf

Magazine article American Cinematographer

The Bookshelf

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Editor Mike Kaplan has compiled in Variety's Who's Who in Show Business over 6000 biographies of current entertainment industry personalities, based on the files amassed by the weekly publication over the last 75 years. Entries include vital statistics, credits and awards through 1982, making it an invaluable reference work (Garland. New York. $15.95).

Generous and critical, this selection of international film celebrities, The Illustrated Who's Who of the Cinema, is a handsome, large format volume, tastefully edited by Ann Lloyd and Graham Fuller, and well worth its price. All the historic figures from the 20s on are there, with color photographs and substantial career outlines (Macmillan. New York. $65).

The role of graphics in films' fundamental esthetics is imaginatively probed by Peter von Arx in Film Design, a remarkable display of visual research into dimensional relationships and dynamics. From the pioneering efforts of Walter Ruttman, Hans Richter and Oscar Fischinger to Len Lye and Norman McLaren, author von Arx derives systematic procedures for exploring the structure of film (Van Nostrand Rein hold. New York, $40.50).

A "novelized documentary," Who Killed Sal Mineo? by Susan Braudy, investigates the mystery of the movie star's death in a suspenseful and dramatic narrative (Pocket Books, New York, $3.95).

While focusing on television equipment essential in corporate communications and small-to-medium broadcast stations, William E. McCavitt's Television Production Handbook is also highly valuable for graduate students seeking TV job prospects. It offers detailed descriptions of current equipment and its functions, and restates basic video principles (Intense. Box 12901. Overland Park. KS 66212: $9.95).

Larry Langman's timely volume, The Video Encyclopedia, brings welcome understanding to the terminology of this fast expanding medium. Comprehensive in scope, the book defines with precision and clarity over 1100 words, phrases and acronyms current in video language, including television and satellite-related terms (Garland. New York. $19).

In Universal Television, Jeb H. Perry examines Universal Studios' TV program output from 1950 through 1980, totaling 200 series, 250 telefeatures, 20 pilots and 20 specials. Each entry carries a plot synopsis, cast and production credits, Emmy winners and nominees, and other well-researched data (Scarecrow, Metuchen, NJ. $32.50).

In the 2nd edition (paperback) of Halliwell's Film Guide covering world movie production of the last 50 years, over 10,000 films are listed and evaluated by Leslie Halliwell with expertise and thoroughness. …

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