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The Bookshelf


George, George L, American Cinematographer


With the expansion of personal filmmaking-where one creative individual performs the multiple functions of a film crew- J. Kris Malkiewicz's CINEMATOGRAPHY (Van Nostrand Reinhold $12.95/6.95) provides a most valuable service. While covering thoroughly the technical aspects of the cinematographer's craft, it touches succinctly on the techniques of editing, sound recording, and production logistics. Photographs, charts, a bibliography and a glossary complete this excellent book, useful to film teachers as well as to film-makers.

The remarkable growth of student interest in film/TV studies is reflected in the American Film Institute's new, updated GUIDE TO COLLEGE COURSES IN FILM AND TELEVISION. This comprehensive volume lists 613 institutions of higher learning with a total of 5,889 courses and full data on all aspects of each school's curriculum. (Acropolis, 2400 17th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009. $5.95.)

Herman Buchman's FILM AND TELEVISION MAKEUP (Watson-Guptill $15.) is a definitive work by a top New York expert. This large-size book, with over 500 black and white illustrations and 139 color plates, is a comprehensive guide to makeup techniques, tools and materials. It covers all basic procedures and special effects, such as aging, burns and scars, and blood, sweat and tears, with a section devoted to the particular needs of black performers.

Pierre N. Sands' well researched work, A HISTORIC STUDY OF THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES 1927-1947 (Arno Press $1 1 .), is a detailed examination of the Academy's role in the growth of the Hollywood film industry, its labor relations, its sponsorship of technical research, its extensive library and its publications. This scholarly volume, the first overall study of the subject, is a well-deserved tribute to an organization that has proved itself a vital and dynamic force in an essentially mercurial environment.

Ivan Butler's knowledgeable survey, CINEMA IN BRITAIN (Barnes $15.), reviews in a convenient year-by-year arrangement feature film production from 1895 to the present, as well as outstanding documentaries and shorts. For reference purposes and sheer enjoyment, this excellently illustrated and informative book affords many rewarding moments. …

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