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George, George L, American Cinematographer


Bob Fosse, who rose to fame as choreographer on "Damn Yankees" and film director on Oscar winner Cabaret, is intimately portrayed by Morton Gottfried in All His Jazz. Fosse's hectic life, his dazzling artistic gifts and his tense dealings with associates reveal a man whose obsession with sex and death fueled his creative juices as it worked to destroy him (Bantam, NYC, $24.95).

A Spanish director's ability to function under Franco's fascist dictatorship is explored by Marvin D'Lugo in The Films of Carlos Saura. The director subtly slanted his characters toward a spiritual and emotional response to the social forces that manipulated personal and collective identities, as seen in films like Cria Cuervos and Anna and the Wolves (Princeton U. Press, Princeton, NJ, $45/$14.95).

In The Films of Freddie Francis, Wheeler Winston Dixon reviews the versatile career of the British director, who specialized in horror movies (Paranoia, The Skull) and won an Oscar for cinematography on Glory, directed by Edward Zwick (Scarecrow, Metuchen, NJ, $37.30).

Directors Gordon Hessler and Arnold Laven, scriptwriters Richard Matheson and Louis M. Heyward, actors Janet Leigh and Robert Shayne are among the personalities interviewed by Tom Weaver in Science Fiction Stars and Horror Heroes. Reliving their active days of the '40s through the '60s, they vividly evoke their roles in the great exploitation films of the period (McFarland, Jefferson, NC, $35).

Doris Milberg's knowledgeable guide to Hollywood movie remakes, Repeat Performances, lists by genre some 1,500 films' original and successive versions, with cast-&-credits, succinct plot lines, sundry comments and video availability (Broadway Press, NYC, $12.95).

More than 10,000 feature films are included in Tad Bentley Hammer's masterful Encyclopedia of International Film Prizes. Covering 41 countries, this unique reference work lists titles and names of winners since the inception of each award, followed by comprehensive indexes (Garland, NYC, $95).

Considering the Western film as America's history, Kim Newman surveys the genre in a thoughtful and informative volume, Wild West Movies. It combines a study of the most representative Westerns with the saga of the exploration of the frontier and its integration into the rest of the country (Trafalgar Square,. N. Pomfret, VT, $24.95).

Victor S. Navasky's in-depth scrutiny of the Hollywood witch-hunt in the McCarthy years, Naming Names (now in paperback), focuses on the informers and their victims, all prominent members of the film community. The ethics of informing and the high price paid in economic hardship and psychological sanity are detailed in personal interviews and official reports (Penguin, NYC, $9.95).

Film theorist Noel Burch's In and Out of Synch assembles essays on his changing views of film theory, his preoccupation with the social, ideological and pedagogical dimensions of film, and assessments of directors Fritz Lang, Marcel L'Herbier, Sergei Eisenstein and Carl Theodor Dreyer (Gower, Brookfield, VT, $54. …

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