Encyclopedia of Film Themes,Settings and Series

Encyclopedia of Film Themes,Settings and Series

by Richard B. Armstrong Armstrong, Mary Willems Armstrong
     
 

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Library Journal called the earlier version of this work, then titled The Movie List Book, "the most valuable film reference in several years." Now, ten years later, it has been completely revamped to include over 670 entries on a variety of film themes, settings and series. Each entry contains a mini-essay that defines the topic, followed by a chronological list of

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Library Journal called the earlier version of this work, then titled The Movie List Book, "the most valuable film reference in several years." Now, ten years later, it has been completely revamped to include over 670 entries on a variety of film themes, settings and series. Each entry contains a mini-essay that defines the topic, followed by a chronological list of representative films.

The entries range from themes (reincarnation, viral epidemics, twins) to settings (lighthouses, asylums, sewers), occupations (librarians, lumberjacks, veterinarians), supernatural and mythological creatures (vampires, mermaids, gorgons), sports (golf, football, pool), animals (alligators, dogs, whales)—and of course hundreds more! The book also contains an extensive list of film characters and series, including: B-movie detectives (Mr. Moto, Philo Vance); Western heroes (The Durango Kid, Red Ryder); made-for-television film series (Moment of Truth, In the Line of Duty); and foreign film good guys (El Santo) and bad guys (Fantomas). Many entries are cross-referenced to direct readers to related topics.

From the Abominable Snowman to Zorro, this encyclopedia provides film scholars and fans with an easy-to-use reference volume for researching film themes or tracking down obscure movies on subjects such as suspended animation, robots, submarines, ventriloquists, and the Olympics.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
unique...recommended...fun and informative
Choice
comprehensive...useful and unique
ARBA
film scholars and fans will find this an easy-to-use reference volume for tracking down obscure movies on various subjects as well as for researching movie themes
Big Reel
One of those rare can't-put-it-down reference books.
Booknews
This reference work lists 670 categories of film subject matter, settings, characters, and series. Each entry contains a mini-essay that defines the topics, followed by a chronological list of representative films. Example entries are alcoholism, the RBI, oil wells, twins, viral epidemics, lighthouses, asylums, and sewers. Occupations, supernatural and mythological creatures, sports, and animals are also reviewed. The film characters and series include B- movie detectives, Western heroes, movies with numerous sequels, and director trilogies. A revised edition of published in 1990. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786408931
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/15/2000
Pages:
237
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Richard B. Armstrong, in addition to his reference book work, has written for such journals and magazines as Film Quarterly and Filmfax. Mary Willems Armstrong has shown films, reviewed films, and written about film reference books in magazines such as Film Quarterly and Filmfax.

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