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The Rough Guide to Film is a bold new guide to cinema. Arranged by director, it covers the top moguls, mavericks and studio stalwarts of every era, genre and region, in addition to lots of lesser-known names. With each film placed in the context of its director’s career, the guide reviews thousands of the greatest movies ever made, with lists highlighting where to start, arranged by genre and by region. You’ll find profiles of over eight hundred directors, from Hollywood legends Alfred Hitchcock and John Huston ...

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Overview

The Rough Guide to Film is a bold new guide to cinema. Arranged by director, it covers the top moguls, mavericks and studio stalwarts of every era, genre and region, in addition to lots of lesser-known names. With each film placed in the context of its director’s career, the guide reviews thousands of the greatest movies ever made, with lists highlighting where to start, arranged by genre and by region. You’ll find profiles of over eight hundred directors, from Hollywood legends Alfred Hitchcock and John Huston to contemporary favourites like Steven Soderbergh and Martin Scorsese and cult names such as David Lynch and Richard Linklater. The guide is packed with great cinema from around the globe, including French New Wave, German giants, Iranian innovators and the best of East Asia, from Akira Kurosawa to Wong Kar-Wai and John Woo. With overviews of all major movements and genres, feature boxes on partnerships between directors and key actors, and cinematographers and composers, this is your essential guide to a world of cinema.

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An unsigned introduction, ostensibly by the four main writers, states that the goal of this volume is to "present the world of cinema through the lens of its leading directors" because they are "the people whose artistic vision is often what ultimately determines a film's value." The four principal authors are certainly well qualified to make such judgments, as all have written extensively on this medium: Lloyd Hughes and Jessica Winter are responsible for Gangster Moviesand American Independent Film, two previous titles in the "Rough Guide" series; Armstrong has written for periodicals like Film Internationaland Film Quarterly; and pieces by Tom Charity appear frequently in the pages of Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope, and Total Film. An additional 17 contributors back them up; these 21 individuals together wrote the approximately 835 entries. Each entry consists of a heading that lists the director's name, country, and birth/death dates, followed by a biographical sketch of variable length that places his or her work under a microscope. The coverage is impressive, both chronologically, ranging from such pioneers as D.W. Griffith to today's Young Turks like Quentin Tarantino, and geographically, profiling directors from Hollywood to Bollywood to such lesser-known corners of filmdom as Senegal and Turkey. Features include 49 shaded boxes sprinkled throughout the text, which highlight some genre ("The Western: Destiny to Demise") or special aspect of film creation ("Jazz in the Movies"). A guide titled "Essential Films and Filmmakers" is like an amped-up table of contents and makes for a great browsing tool. Ditto for the "Index of FilmReviews" at the end of the book. While one could argue that much of this information is available free online (check out, for example, imdb.comfor movie reviews or allmovie.comfor director bios), it can be difficult, if not impossible, to establish the credentials of those who create web content.
—Michael Bemis Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

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  • ISBN-13: 9781843534082
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/19/2007
  • Series: Rough Guide Reference Series
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.38 (d)

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