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The Film Encyclopedia 6e: The Complete Guide to Film and the Film Industry Paperback – September 2, 2008

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“Wow! What a book!” (Katharine Hepburn)

“Recommended for any reference collection in need of a world view of film.” (Booklist)

“The best movie reference book, hands down.” (Newsweek)

About the Author

Ephraim Katz was a writer, journalist, and filmmaker who devoted his life to gathering the information in The Film Encyclopedia. He was working on the second edition at the time of his death in 1992.



Ronald Dean Nolen is the former editor of the trade publication Centerstage. Also an accomplished actor, he has appeared in leading roles on Broadway and Off-Broadway as well as in television and film. His most recent project as a producer is the documentary film None Less Than Heroes: The Honor Flight Story. He holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a BA from Hardin-Simmons University, where he serves on the faculty.

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Product Details

  • Series: Film Encyclopedia
  • Paperback: 1584 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Reference; 6 edition (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061432857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061432859
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,409,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rosalie Friedman on November 22, 2008
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This book is a dream come true. I had in my possession for many years, the previous Film Encyclopedia, and enjoyed using it as my reference book so much that it was practically falling apart. Now, this updated version is up-to-date, lighter weight, because it is not a hardcover, and loaded with information about the people who contributed to film from the beginning up to the present. It is easy to carry around and use, and I just love it as my number one reference book. You will, too. It is a must for any film buff.
R.L.Delmonico, Corona del Mar, CA
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I have bought every edition of this excellent film encylopaedia and have never found it wanting. It is the most thorough and excellent reference on everything to do with the movie world.
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The Film Encyclopedia has been the gold standard of reference works for brief biographies of persons prominent in the movie film industry, including listings of their credits. But the 2008 edition is not a full update of the 2005 edition. While credits have been updated for persons listed in the previous edition, and death dates for those who have died, the encyclopedia does not seem to have added biographies for young actors who have gained prominence in recent years. Among those not listed in the 2008 edition are Javier Bardem, Ellen Page, Jennifer Hudson, Marion Cotillard, Patrick Wilson, and Beyonce Knowles. This is a disappointment for those of us who would like to know something of their background and film performances.
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This encyclopedia is of the people in the industry ONLY. Their movies are listed under their names. You cannot use this so-called encyclopedia for hunting up info on actual films. However, if you want to be in the movies, this would be invaluable to learn about the people in the industry. It's just that it is not made to be a dictionary or encyclopedia of films. Its title would have been more accurate and honest had it been "A Complete Guide to Actors, Directors, Screenwriters, and the People Who Make Films." If you want a guide to actual films, then get Leonard Maltin's "2014 Movie Guide." It lists about 16,000 films, old and current. One thing I'd like to see in Maltin's guide, though, is the names of the characters in the film which each actor portrays. It lists the director, the major actors, and a brief summary of the movie plus critical comments. It also rates each movie with a four-star system. I say all this because if you checked into the encyclopedia with this title, you were probably looking for something more like Maltin's book.
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12/14/2013 5:48am The Film Encyclopedia Sixth Edition
I have been buying this book since 1981, I bought the Hard cover Edition back then. This film book has mini-bio's of actors, directors, producers, crafts men in all of the technical film fields and it attempts to give a thorough overview of their body of work (their film credits over the decades). Some bio's are more in depth than others, it all depends on who it is they are reviewing. I have relied on this book so much over the years that it has sat by my book post for handy reference. I have questioned some of the opinionated text on some of the actors, they have a decidedly bias view on a few well-known actors, the authors downplay their contributions to the film history with a very dismissive and unfavorable attitude. Overall, the book is full of facts about all the major and minor studios, which I have had a keen interest in, how they were formed in the early years, the good years and the difficult years. For instance, the decimation of a great studio like MGM and the rise of a small studio like Walt Disney. Throughout the book, we have definitions of film terms that we see at the end of every movie with the film credits. I like this book.
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If you love movies you should have this book. I won't say you MUST have it, but it is great when you can't some film that some actor or actress was in that you saw years ago. It contains a lot of biographical information plus technical terms.
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I keep this by the chair that I sit in most to watch TV. When I am watching an old movie and the players come up, I look up the ones that I don't know anything about. It's neat to learn about some of their experiences, and sometimes surprised at some of the tragic ends. Some were trained professionals, some just starting out needing a job or doing a friend a favor. Some started out as producers/directors in the silent era, then changed to acting in the talkies. I wish they had an even more updated version.

The only thing that I do not like about this is that some actors that I have seen are not listed; these people are seen time and time again in films.
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Everyone knows the Film Encyclopedia is the Bible about films, directors, actors etc. I have a much-thumbed copy that I believe is the 2007 Edition. I resent the fact that, unlike listings in years past, this one does not clearly specify the publication date. I want to buy the update when it is available, but I don't think this is it??

Keit Martin
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