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George, George L, American Cinematographer


Mike Kaplan's Variety International Show Business Reference 1983 assumes its definitive format in this 2nd yearly edition. Encompassing the total entertainment industry, it carries some 6500 current biographies of film, TV and stage personalities, a complete compilation of Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winners and nominees for the last 2 years, and other information of value to professionals, students and buffs (Garland, New York, $75).

The 34th annual edition of John Willis' pictorial and statistical record, Screen World 1983 includes all films released in the USA during the previous year. Thorough and extensive, its 10,000 entries and 1000 stills provide full data on films, personalities, and other relevant facts (Crown, New York, $19.95).

In Film Noir: The Dark Side of the Screen, Foster Hirsch explores the brooding and bleak film genre made famous by Double Indemnity, Kiss Me Deadly and Key Largo. Their evocative low-key photography, their moody and cynical anti-heroes reflected the pervasive disenchantment of the post-war era (Da Capo, New York, $12.95).

Screenplays, essays and reviews which James Agee wrote between 1941 and 1948 are collected in Agee on Film, a substantial 2-volume anthology. It reveals Agee's innate understanding of cinema, his sensitivity and wit as critic, and his creativity as screenwriter (Putnam/Perigee, New York, $7.75 ea.J.

Identical in format and design, three attractive and profusely illustrated books focus on popular stars. The Films Of: Burt Reynolds by Nancy Streebeck, Gary Grant by Donald Deschner and Glint Eastwood by Boris Zmijewsky and Lee Pfeiffer include complete bio/filmographies, plot summaries, and press review excerpts (Citadel. secaucus, NJ: $9.95 ea.j.

Written with sensitivity, intelligence and controlled candor by Irene Mayer Selznick - Louis B. Mayer's daughter and David O. Selznick's wife - A Private View reveals large segments of covert Hollywood history that she witnessed and was intimately involved in through her unique position in the film industry hierarchy (Knopf, New York, $16.95).

The expanded edition of Erik Barnouw's classical study. Documentary, endures as an authoritative history of the genre's film television aspect. From the Lumière Brothers through Edward R. Murrow, the Vietnam war and space exploration, documentary achievements are discussed with scholarly competence and informed appreciation (Oxford U. Press, New York. $8.95).

A valuable reference source for East Coast producers of television commercials, NYPG: New York Production Guide, edited by Joan Babchak and Susan Paskoski, lists over 200 suppliers of goods and services in categories correlated with the standardized bidding form of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (NYPG. …

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