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Well-written, user-friendly, and bursting with essential data, famous stories, and terrific trivia, this book is the most intelligent and accessible film companion available, a must for every movie lover. Its chief assets are its in-depth entries on actors, directors, writers, cinematographers, composers, and editors, which come complete with date and place of birth as well as an extensive filmography. You can also read the cinematic history of every major film-producing country; look up technical terms like "boom," "dolly," and "Steadicam"; and find the meaning of those illusive phrases that appear so often in movie credits, assignations like "gaffer," "key grip," and "best boy." Whatever the extent of your movie knowledge, whether you're a burgeoning cineaste or a long-time expert, you'll find yourself turning to this superb volume again and again. --Raphael Shargel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Katz, author of the first edition, lived only long enough to complete about three-fourths of this new one. Those who followed him have fulfilled his original aim to produce "the most comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia of world cinema ever published in the English language." This is one instance where the content is accurately depicted by the cover blurb. Recommended for any reference collection in need of a world view of film. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Everybody who is interested in movies and the people who make/made it will love this book. Informations, informations, informations...
Katz's encyclopedia is one of the best, most comprehensive books on film. Unfortunately it is no longer being updated, internet has taken overPublished 24 months ago by S. murugananda
This 6th is much better edition than the original 3rd edition. Data updated to keep pace with DOB and ensuing Date of Death. Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by alba66
This 5th edition is like all the ones before a very complete source of information on stars in the movie industie, but also about many others in de film industry. Read morePublished on May 14, 2007 by H. F. Jans
This encyclopedia is a MUST HAVE for those who enjoy films at home or at the theatre.Published on May 6, 2007 by John F., Warris, III
Without a doubt this is still the best all-around film encyclopedia available to the general public. Read morePublished on November 27, 2006 by Bomojaz