Film Handbook

Film Handbook

by Geoff Andrew

View All Available Formats & Editions

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Since Andrew's book focuses on film directors (basically ignoring actors, screenwriters, etc.) the title is a bit misleading. For each of the 200 directors included, Andrew has written an essay of about 800 words. Each entry gives some biographical information and outlines the director's career, evaluating important films and noting distinguishing traits. Some errors have slipped through (e.g., Budd Boetticher was not born in ``Chicago, Ohio'') but no more than is usual in film books. Andrew's criticism has a leftist slant, and he also denigrates mainstream filmmakers like William Wyler, Billy Wilder, and David Lean in favor of cult figures and mavericks such as Nicholas Ray, Douglas Sirk, and Jim Jarmusch. Those sharing Andrew's sympathies will want this; others needing a biographical dictionary of film directors might consider the more even-handed and comprehensive (but more expensive) two-volume World Film Directors, edited by John Wakeman ( LJ 4/15/88; an LJ ``Best Reference Book of 1988''). For more books in this new series see below in Reference section.--Ed.-- John Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N . J .

Product Details

Macmillan Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
Monograph Ser.
Product dimensions:
5.05(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.81(d)

Related Subjects

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >