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The Movie Book Hardcover – October 12, 1999


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'This encyclopedia-ish tome should provide years of service as both a reference guide and source of reminiscence for movies and the players who made them.' (Washington Post) 'The Movie Book is the publishing equivalent of a Hollywood blockbuster.' (Evening Standard) 'A deeply pleasurable thing to have around ... a lovely luxury item for all film fans.' (Heat) 'A weighty tome in all the right ways ... startling imagery, brilliant art direction.' (Arena) 'Each image is superbly reproduced and neatly captures the essence of its subject ... a volume whose visual pleasures are almost unlimited.' (Empire Magazine) 'From nouvelle vague to animation, representatives come from every area - from movie moguls to screen idols and designers to directors and each entry is accompanied by a striking film still. A feast for fans.' (The Good Book Guide)

From the Publisher

Consisting of A-Z listing of 500 iconic individuals from around the world who have made a landmark contribution to the medium of film, this volume includes actors and directors, cinematographers, costume designers, special effects pioneers and make-up artists. A photograph relevant to the subject illustrates each entry. Each photograph is accompanied by text written by an expert in that particular field. The text places the image and the individual within a broad context through the inclusion of anecdotes and biographical and historical background.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; First edition (October 12, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714838470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714838472
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 2 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

List the movies and then the stars that were in the movies plus the minor stars also.
Bruce E. Bothwell
What makes this book is, of course, the pictures that accompany the little texts at the top.
OhForTheMotherOfAllMothers
A note to prospective buyers: THE MOVIE BOOK will give you a hernia if you're not careful.
Kristy M. Ross

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By sunny3and2 on January 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I love this book - it is big, beautiful and full of lovely pictures that are from off the beaten track (not typical publicity stills). The price is right for such a substantial book and I wouldn't hesitate to give it to anyone who has even a passing interest in the movie industry. I don't think that the person who wrote the previous lengthy, negative review is familiar with coffee table books and "The Movie Book" is a coffee table book of the best kind. It doesn't need a comprehensive index in order to be wildly entertaining - just open it up and let it wash over you and don't wasteüY
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It's true that this book has many short comings starting with the fact that it is not a movie book per say but a book about the makers of cinema with very little information about them complimented with big, carefully chosen, marvellous pictures. But that's why this book works: because it's not meant to be too intricate, just an introduction to the pioneers of cinema. What makes this book is, of course, the pictures that accompany the little texts at the top. They have a sense of nostalgia about them that just make the book work. My favourite is that of Lauren Bacall standing next to Humphrey Bogart in the set of "To Have And Have Not". It's amazing because even in this still picture, Bogart's coolness, Bacall's class and their chemistry come through so powerful that they are. Apart from the pictures, the book is also good if you want to be introduced to artists you've never heard of. Basically, if you're looking for an elaborate book on cinema, don't buy this. But if you merely want an introduction then this is the book for you. And please: don't forget to check out the Bogart & Bacall picture....
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I actually like the why this book was set up;alphabetically listing 500 names from cinema history,and providing short and pithy biographies and nice photos for each person.But there are a few problems.One egregious one is that the picture of Gong Li,actaully isn`t Gong Li(It is a picture of Gong Li`s servant girl in the movie Raise the Red Lantern.Also are are some names that should have been in here,and some that probably shouldn`t be in here.Three "major" names that were ommitted from this book were "Fredrich March"( two time Academy award winner for best actor ),"William Holden "(star of Sunset Boulevard,The Bridge on the River Kwi,the Wild Bunch,Network,Stalag 17,and many others.Also I believe he is the only actor to win an acedemy award and an emmy.And lastly "John Barrymore",who started of an a great stage actor and became,as any good movie historian will tell you,one of the greats of early cinema.
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While this would make an excellent book for a beginning film buff, or even a nice conversation starter among a group of movie fans, this book offers nothing of substance for veteran movie buffs. Each each entry in this book consists of a half page photo of the subject or, in the case of behind the camera personnel, their signature movie and a very brief bio that doesn't really shed any light on the subject.

So get this for the budding film fan in your family or if you have a group of friends who enjoy movies leave it out on the coffee table and let the conversation begin.
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By Tammy E. Hoeck on October 16, 2014
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I throw an Academy Award party every year and each year I try to become inventive on the Grand Prize gift basket. This book did not disappoint! It is rather large but I used it as a base and wrapped the basket up with it underneath. Great info inside and the winner has it on her coffee table for guest to look through.
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