The Film Anthologies Index

The Film Anthologies Index

by Stephen E. Bowles
     
 

The Film Anthologies Index is a bibliographical resource essential to any person or institution interested in the study of film. No publication or database currently indexes the contents of these important anthologies. There are over 600 anthologies (by both multiple and single authors) in English that have been published through 1991. These anthologies contain

Overview

The Film Anthologies Index is a bibliographical resource essential to any person or institution interested in the study of film. No publication or database currently indexes the contents of these important anthologies. There are over 600 anthologies (by both multiple and single authors) in English that have been published through 1991. These anthologies contain over 10,000 stand-alone pieces that (1) reprint articles from their original source, (2) select exceerpts from book-length publications, and (3) include original essays appearing only in a specialized anthology. Without The Film Anthologies Index, the researcher would have no guide to the valuable contents between the covers of these anthologies. Much more than just a guide to the contents of anthologies, the main section consists of 6,563 numbered entries that alphabetically list by author the contents of each piece found in the anthologies. (You could find, for example, all pieces written by a particular author which have appeared in the anthologies.) Additionally, every author entry refers the user to all the anthologized sources which contain each specific piece. (For example, Robert Warshow's landmark essay on "Movie Chronicle: The Westerner" can be found in 9 different anthologies or that selected essays by Sergei Einstein appear in over 50 separate anthologies.) Without The Film Anthologies Index there would be no way to systematically locate these buried treasures. The final section of The Film Anthologies Index consists of an extensive listing of all film titles, individual names, specific genres, countries, periods, studios, etc. as well as all key words and phrases that appear in the titles of the included pieces There are approximately 7000 topics covered in this section. The user-friendly layout of this reference source makes it both a comprehensive resource for everyone from the casual movie-goer who wants a deeper understanding of the medium to the dedicated film scholar who is pursuing material on

Editorial Reviews

Choice
Valuable to academic and professional libraries that support film programs or have extensive film holdings.
Film Quarterly
This mammoth reference is a much needed source of information for any person or institution interested in the study of film. For cinema enthusiasts who've been studying the movies for years, this book fills a long-awaited need.
Booklist
... useful for research libraries, specialized film libraries, and large public libraries with comprehensive film book collections.
CHOICE
Valuable to academic and professional libraries that support film programs or have extensive film holdings.
Zom Zoms
More than 600 English-language anthologies published through 1991 containing more than 10,000 essays on film and filmmakers are indexed in this reference source. Excluded are anthologies of exclusively film reviews (unless they center around a "defined theme"), reference books containing "capsule summaries" of films and filmmakers, and single-author monographs on specific filmmakers. No qualitative criteria have been imposed on the selection of essays for this index The main body of the book consists of 6,563 author entries (arranged alphabetically) that identify anthologies where particular essays appear and that tie together anthologies containing the same essay. (Essays whose titles have changed or whose contents have been altered are listed separately under the author's entry.) Following this is a useful 156-page index allowing readers to access indexed essays by title of film and names and keywords that appear in the titles of the essays. Unfortunately, there is no general subject index, so that someone looking for information on films that deal with Irish Americans, for example, will be unable to find anything except three essays where the word "Irish" appears in the title The index is useful for research libraries, specialized film libraries, and large public libraries with comprehensive film book collections. Most other libraries will find it sufficient to rely on "Essay and General Literature Index" to access essays on film and filmmakers in anthologies.
Booknews
A guide to some 600 film anthologies published since 1991. Lists anthologies alphabetically by editor, and an author index locates essays by authors in specific anthologies. Includes a general index connecting film titles and themes to books numbers, not page numbers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810828964
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1994
Pages:
482
Product dimensions:
8.68(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.23(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen E. Bowles (PhD, Northwestern) has taught film history, theory, and criticism since 1972. During this period, Dr. Bowles has published in a variety of film journals and has authored six books on film topics. Dr. Bowles has been involved in documenting bibliographical sources since the mid-1970s when he compiled and edited the 3-volume Index to Critical Film Reviews.

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