Magazine article American Cinematographer

The Bookshelf

Magazine article American Cinematographer

The Bookshelf

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British cameraman Freddie Young, who won well-deserved Oscars for Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and Ryan's Daughter, has written, in collaboration with Paul Petzold, an authoritative and highly serviceable book, THE WORK OF THE MOTION PICTURE CAMERAMAN (Hastings House $15). His thoroughgoing text fully covers the work of the cameraman and his crew, their artistic and professional requirements, and the basic methods for effective teamwork.

The main body of the book is devoted to a painstaking description of cameras and lenses, lighting equipment, and essential accessories. These are discussed in remarkably clear fashion and illustrated with numerous excellent line drawings. Lighting procedures, camera techniques, studio/location filming, and special effects work are extensively described with particular attention to detail and accuracy. A glossary rounds out this top-notch book by an outstanding professional.

Aimed at the growing amateur filmmakers' market, THE COMPLETE BOOK OF 8mm MOVIE MAKING (Coward McCann $6.95) by Jerry Yulsman is a valuable and informative manual. It covers expertly, in text, illustrations and charts, the equipment and procedures of Super, Single and Standard-8 production.

The first book to trace a comprehensive picture of China's films and film audiences is Jay Leyda's DIANYING: ELECTRIC SHADOWS (M.I.T. $12.50). Working in the Peking film center from 1959 to 1964, Leyda acquired firsthand understanding of the compjex forces behind China's revolutionary turmoil and the striking effects of the structure and activities of its film industry. His account, rich in personal impressions and impeccably documented, follows the industry's development since 1896 in a fascinating and invaluable record of epic proportions.

The major opus of the late French film scholar and historian Georges Sadoul, DICTIONARY OF FILMS and DICTIONARY OF FILM MAKERS, has been issued in a meticulously translated and updated version. Some 1,300 key films are listed with credits, dates, succinct synopses and brief critical comments in the former book, while in the latter, some 10,000 entries detail the work of about 1,000 individual filmmakers. Both books are authoritative reference sources, unequaled in their scope and indispensable to any library. …

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