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The late Vazzana has left a fine legacy to film fans with this huge necrology of silent film performers, directors, executives, producers, cinematographers, stunt performers, publicists, composers, inventors, and others involved in the industry's early days. Over twice the size of the first edition (LJ 6/15/95), this work aims to be as comprehensive as possible, offering 18,500+ entries on the international silent film scene. Alphabetically arranged by professional name, the brief entries include birth and death dates, place of birth and death, real names (where applicable), age at death, and the bibliographic data of any autobiography or biography. When available, the cause of death is also provided, as is a reference to any obituary printed in the New York Times, Variety, or other significant publication. Unfortunately, there are no indexes or other supplements, so it's impossible to locate individuals easily by year of birth or death, method of death, etc., but other resources can provide that information. For such specialized lists, the user can cross-check Everett Jarvis's Final Curtain (Carol, 1998. 9th ed.), although it covers only a subset of what Vazzana covers. Although the typeface is on the small side, bolded names throughout make it easy to locate entries quickly, and cross references to stars' mates add to the overall utility. An excellent addition to the growing film necrology library, supplementing Paul Donnelly's Fade to Black (Omnibus, 2001), Billy Doyle's The Ultimate Directory of Film Technicians (LJ 6/15/99), Harris Lentz's Obituaries in the Performing Arts (McFarland, annual), Variety Obituaries: 1905-1990 (Garland, 1989), and the above-mentioned Final Curtain. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries. Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ., TX
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This volume provides birth and death dates and places, real and married names, age at death, cause of death (if available), and citations for obituaries and other biographical information for approximately 18,500 individuals associated with the silent film industry, more than doubling the number of entries in the previous edition. RBB
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