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The Film Snob*s Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Filmological Knowledge Paperback – February 21, 2006
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“A witty, often devastatingly funny, ultra-sophisticated guide for the uninitiated, the would-be cinephile’s equivalent to decrypting the Rosetta Stone. Even I had no idea that Clint Howard was a cult figure.” —Bruce Goldstein, Repertory Program Director, Film Forum (New York) and founder, Rialto Pictures
About the Author
DAVID KAMP is a longtime writer for Vanity Fair, where short versions of The Film Snob*s Dictionary and the The Rock Snob*s Dictionary first appeared, and also contributes regularly to GQ. LAWRENCE LEVI has written about films and film culture for The New York Times, The Nation, and many other publications, and was a colleague of Kamp’s at Spy, the much-missed satirical magazine. Both Kamp and Levi live in New York.
ROSS MacDONALD’s illustrations have graced many major periodicals, including The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. He lives in Connecticut.
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Accessible read, saw some of the stuff mentioned (ala TV or online)
Cons: Avoid some stuff like Kenneth Anger (Devil worshipper); I don't like a ton of explicit stuff (snobs beware), swearing
I even made a list on Criterion based on the books (Rock and Film Snob)
It's probably this year's gift of choice for people you don't want to drop $30 on a Criterion DVD for. But they won't find it amusing.
But for everyone else it's really, really funny. Highly recommended. I especially like the guide to determining whether you're watching a "movie" or a "film."
And yes, I do know that the phrase "awful Derek Jarman movie" is oxymoronic.
If you've ever found yourself driving for over two hours to catch that acclaimed film everyone at Cannes was raving about. If the words "The Criterion Collection" causes your pulse to race with excitement. If you've suddenly found yourself friendless because your buddies got sick and tired of you raving about the latest and greatest Cronenberg film. Or if you find yourself in online arguments about why 'French Connection II' is the better film than the original, then this book is for you.
If you have a friend who is all of the above and who forces you to sit "in the third row" on the left when he drags you to a film, this book is the perfect tool that you can use to keep up with him. Or bring him back down to Earth! A nifty little book.
Oh, and by the way Messers Kamp and Levi, you guys are correct. 'Office Space' really does suck!!!
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Theoretical definitions are hillarious (Apparatus), biographical entries are clever and sometimes...Read more
Lives up to its name! No, not offputtingly snobbish. Just in its deep knowledge.Read more