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Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia: Career Profiles of More than 2000 Actors and Filmmakers, Past and Present (Reference) Paperback – November 1, 1995
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B U T (& this is a big BUT):
it is in DIRE need of updating! I've been waiting for a new edition since 1998 & would rush to buy one if it was available, even giving a high rating on-line and making the comment that it would be a tough choice to decide who would be included in a second edition.
Now that I'm 20 years older and retired, I guess I can understand why Leonard Maltin wants to cut back his workload since he is giving up his Movie Guides. Maybe that will give him the time to make this Encyclopedia current. I have relied on his work for decades & will really miss not having his reviews to depend on, which I find to be 99% spot on.
Come on, Leonard, how about it? How about an update? We're all waiting!
Now that I'm 20 years older & retired, I guess I can understand Leonard Maltin's decision to cut back his workload (I've purchased his Movie Guide every year for nearly 40 years). I am one of those people who depend on his work, though on occasional my opinion will differ a bit, but he is pretty much spot on. Since he is stopping his yearly Guides, maybe he will have the time to make this Encyclopedia current.
I should note that since the book was published in 1995, it's mostly helpful to "classic" movie fans such as myself, so it DOES need to be updated (thus I give it 4 stars rather than 5). It's true that there are some web resources such as IMDB that have more listings of films and are more updated than this book is, yet those sites are not usually written as well, and I've seen many cases where IMDB tells little or nothing about a person, other than film listings. Also, I was at first disappointed that many people are omitted, yet I came to realize that the book could either be composed of good write-ups on fewer people, or shorter write-ups on more people, so I'm glad it's the former. Perhaps the book should be longer and split into 2 volumes so it would not be too unwieldy, since it's already about 1000 pages. But then, I imagine sales would decline as a result. As for the criticism of some reviewers that this book is highly inaccurate, I don't pretend to be a film scholar, yet in consulting other sources I have NOT found many errors in LEONARD MALTIN'S MOVIE ENCYCLOPEDIA. It would be helpful if the book included a photo of each person, in case I don't know who someone is.
Highly recommended, though it does need updating.
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Although Mr. Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia is enjoyable to read, it is extremely outdated and there needs to be a new...Read more