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The Encyclopedia of Hollywood

The Encyclopedia of Hollywood

by Scott Siegel, James Michael Welsh, Thomas L. Erskine, Barbara Siegel
     
 

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From the stars of the silent era to today's blockbuster special effects, this encyclopedia covers all the people, genres and terminology important to Hollywood films. Scott and Barbara Siegal, authors of 46 books on popular culture and celebrities, do not hesitate to offer their opinions of the actors and films they describe and, although they are generous, they are

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From the stars of the silent era to today's blockbuster special effects, this encyclopedia covers all the people, genres and terminology important to Hollywood films. Scott and Barbara Siegal, authors of 46 books on popular culture and celebrities, do not hesitate to offer their opinions of the actors and films they describe and, although they are generous, they are not afraid to use a term such as "limited ability" when it applies. This second edition has been updated with new films and actors and includes 175 photos and a bibliography. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Library Journal
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.
Booknews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816046232
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
8.48(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.96(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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