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George, George L, American Cinematographer


THE REFERENCE SHELF

Of great value to researchers and archivists is the PARAMOUNT COLLECTION INVENTORY, describing the studio's gift to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and prepared for publication by Samuel A. Gill. Covering the 1912-1970 period, it includes scripts and story department data, stills and press books, and provides scholars with a unique source of documentation (Academy Foundation, 2 vol. $22.50).

The American Film Institute's GUIDE TO COLLEGE COURSES IN FILM AND TELEVISION, now in its 6th edition, is the standard reference work for students and educators. It lists 1075 institutions offering 9216 courses in the area of film/TV studies, with full details on faculty, curriculum, facilities and equipment, and other relevant information (AFI $9.75).

An invaluable multimedia guide, AUDIO-VISUAL MARKET PLACE 1978, edited by James S. Barnes, provides extensive data on services, supplies and sources in the field. AV Software, AV Hardware, and References are separate sections organized for ready access, listing producers and distributors, ancillary services, manufacturers and dealers, and a considerable variety of referential advice (Bowker $21.50).

Written by experienced producer/ director Leo Trachtenberg, THE SPONSOR'S GUIDE TO FILMMAKING is an authoritative and thoroughgoing manual that leads executives in business, industry, government and non-profit organizations through the intricacies of film sponsorship. All areas of the subject are investigated, and common-sense, practical solutions are offered for effective and money-saving production (Hopkinson & Blake $6.95).

Published since 1974, BLACK FILMMAKERS HALL OF FAME, an eminently collectible item, records the accomplishments of Afro-American film personalities, as honored in the annual Oscar Micheaux Awards, named for the early black filmmaker. The latest edition of the large-format, well illustrated brochure singles out such performers as Alice Childress, Cecily Tyson and James Earl Jones, and gives timely recollections about Micheaux's own career (The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA 94607; $3).

In THE ART OF FILM MUSIC, Allan Ulrich pays tribute to composers Elmer Bernstein, Ernest Gold, Lyn Murray, David Raksin and Fred Steiner. His interviews go to the core of their specialized craft, and relate it to technical and practical problems that confront composers in all media (The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA 94607, $3.95).

PERSONALITIES PLUS

One of the earliest pioneers of the documentary genre and founder of Canada's National Film Board is given a detailed, authentic and warm biographical treatment by James Beveridge in JOHN GRIERSON-FILM MASTER. A theorist of communication and a practicing filmmaker, Grierson viewed the documentary as a motivational medium, and through his personal magnetism, intellectual powers and relentless drive persuaded first the British then the Canadian governments to use it as a propaganda tool for social and educational purposes (Oxford U. Press $17.95).

Dudley Andrew's biography, NADRE BAZIN, documents the influence of the French film critic and father-mentor of the New Wave on a group of innovative filmmakers-Truffaut, Godard, Chabrol and Rohmer-whose revolutionary "auteur" theory brought new life to a medium in search of a style in tune with the world (Oxford U. …

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