"The Encyclopedia of Hollywood, Second Edition is a reference to the history of Hollywood - its stars, films, and movie genres - all in one comprehensive volume. Spanning the silent era to today, this thoroughly updated and revised edition includes coverage of current celebrities and blockbusters as well as of the vast and varied history of the world's most glamorous movie capital." The Encyclopedia of Hollywood, Second Edition offers a behind-the-scene glimpse at movie stars, filmmaking techniques, famous films, Tinseltown power brokers, and the ...
"The Encyclopedia of Hollywood, Second Edition is a reference to the history of Hollywood - its stars, films, and movie genres - all in one comprehensive volume. Spanning the silent era to today, this thoroughly updated and revised edition includes coverage of current celebrities and blockbusters as well as of the vast and varied history of the world's most glamorous movie capital." The Encyclopedia of Hollywood, Second Edition offers a behind-the-scene glimpse at movie stars, filmmaking techniques, famous films, Tinseltown power brokers, and the amazing stories that surround them. Featuring 170 photographs and a useful index, this volume is a must-read for film buffs, amateur filmmakers, or anyone interested in learning more about Hollywood and its history.
The latest entry in the crowded field of film history encyclopedias consists primarily of short biographical essays on stars of the past and present. In addition, there are entries for some producers, directors, cinematographers, et al., as well as for important films and film terms, e.g., ``best boy.'' The information is generally accurate. The opinions expressed are conventional, which is fine for neophytes but tends to make rather boring reading for the knowledgeable. The book is probably most similar to Ephraim Katz's The Film Encyclopedia (LJ 11/1/79), but differs in that Katz's is international in scope and has no entries for individuals film titles. Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion (Scribner, 1989. 9th ed.) is also international in scope, but even for Hollywood figures it features more entries than the Siegels' book; on the other hand, Halliwell's entries are shorter. Large libraries are already likely to own most of the Encyclopedia's information in some form or other. Other libraries seeking to expand their reference holdings in this area should consider this, especially since it has the added advantage of currency in the topics covered.-- John Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J.
This second edition of a book that first came out in 1990 is one of the few general encyclopedias on Hollywood to cover personalities, term definitions, studio histories, events, films genres, job descriptions, and other topics that, in the words of the Siegels, film critics for Variety, seem to "best form a representative collage of the American film industry from Thomas Edison to the present." Most of the 700 alphabetical entries are half a page long, with numerous cross references and a good index to simplify locating specific topics. Highlighting the text are 170 black-and-white photos, 20 more than the first edition. The primary reasons for picking up this new edition, however, are the addition of current stars and directors, including Nicole Kidman, Quentin Tarantino, and Jim Carey (although this reviewer challenges the inclusion of Jennifer Lopez), and updates on other individuals and topics. These were carried out in part by James M. Welsh and Tom Erskine, editor and founding editor of Literature/Film Quarterly, respectively. For a book celebrating Hollywood, little note is paid of the Academy Awards. However, old Hollywood shines through, with articles on everyone from Bud Abbott to Adolph Zukor. Bottom Line Although not as comprehensive as Barry Monush's Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors, Vol. 1 or David Thomson's New Biographical Dictionary of Film, the Siegels' volume is attractive for its broad sweep of the Hollywood scene. For all libraries.-Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Some 700 alphabetical entries (including about 150 photos) cover the major stars, directors, producers, technicians, and screenwriters responsible for the Hollywood "legend." There is also coverage of the major studios and the classic films. Essentially anecdotal, but reasonably well-researched. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)