The Bookshelf

By George, George L | American Cinematographer, December 1992 | Go to article overview

The Bookshelf


George, George L, American Cinematographer


Buck Rainey's Sweethearts of the Sage offers extensive filmo-biographies of 268 actresses appearing in Western movies, a comprehensive reference work covering some 1000 features, from 1903's The Great Train Robbery to the present. The Hollywood Western, by William K. Everson is a well-illustrated, knowledgeable history of the popular genre. It contrasts "formula" Westerns of the past with today's more realistic depiction of the human struggle in the West (McFarland, Jefferson, NC, $95; Carol Publ., NYC, $18.95).

The period of transition that the Soviet cinema is currently experiencing is discussed from firsthand research in The Zero Hour by Andrew Norton and Michael Brashinsky. The authors note the new climate of freedom that has launched many hitherto suppressed themes dealing with troubled youth, women's liberation and the uncertain future (Princeton U. Press, Princeton, NJ, $49.50/14.95).

In The Hispanic Image on the Silver Screen, Alfred Charles Richard, Jr. provides an insightful and informed analysis of the generally stereotypical manner in which American films present Latinos (who number some 14 million in the U.S.). More than 1800 movies from the 1898-1935 period are reviewed in this book. Performers are listed in a separate index, but regrettably, no directors are mentioned (Greenwood, Westport, Conn., $65).

In the Jewish Film Directory, more than 1200 movies produced in 32 countries over the last 85 years are inventoried by an international group of scholars. Ranging from Hollywood's Abie's Irish Rose (1929) to The Eternal Jew (Gemany 1940) and David or Goliath (Denmark 1988), these films document Jewish life in its multifaceted aspects. A related reference work, Grzegorz Balski's Directory of Eastern European Filmmakers and Films, provides biographical data on 350 directors working in ten countries from Russia to Albania, and lists the films they made between 1945 and 1991 (Greenwood, Westport, Conn., $65 and $79.50).

Sam Arkoff, producer of Beach Blanket Bingo and other juvenile B movies, surveys his life in a free-wheeling biography. Flying Through Hollywood by the Seat of My Pants, written with Richard Trubo. "I was never torn between art and commerce," confesses Arkoff, and his successful career proves that he made the right choice (Birch Lane, NYC, $18.95).

Woody Allen's comic universe is examined by Annette Wernblad in Brooklyn is Not Expanding, a searching study of Allen's psychological and philosophical concerns as expressed in his work. Beginning with Allen's debut as a stand-up comedian, Wernblad follows the development of a personality whose preoccupations, anxieties and obsessions permeate all of his films (Fairleigh-Dickinson U. Press, Cranbury, NJ, $29.50).

Novelist Gore Vidal's Screening History is a fascinating memoir that gathers, in a stream-of-consciousness sweep, his reminiscences of youth, reflections on human nature, and scorn for politics. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

The Bookshelf
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.