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The new historical dictionary of the American film industry /
Anthony Slide.
imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1998.
description
266 p. ; 29 cm.
ISBN
081083426X (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1998.
isbn
081083426X (cloth : alk. paper)
general note
Rev. ed. of: The American film industry. 1986.
catalogue key
1921952
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Anthony Slide has published more than sixty pioneering works on film history.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1999-01:
Slide's updated and retitled version of his The American Film Industry: A Historical Dictionary (CH, Nov'86) now includes 200 more alphabetic entries than the 600 in the original. As before, all entries focus on the business and technical aspects of the film industry. Students and researchers will find detailed but succinct film company histories as well as descriptions of genres ("Exploitation Films"), techniques ("Rembrandt Lighting"), equipment ("Steadicam") and organizations ("Stuntmen Association"). Slide, a cinema historian, archivist, and prolific author of more than 60 works on popular entertainment, includes such valuable additions to most entries as brief, up-to-date bibliographies, current company addresses, and locations for the archives of a subject's films, papers, scripts, etc. A complete list of resource libraries and institutions and a generous index end the work. Although there are a few omissions (e.g., the collapse and eventual recovery of Orion Pictures, Spike Lee's 40 Acres and a Mule production company, Morgan Creek Films), no other single work is as up-to-date or covers the same ground. A worthwhile addition to any general library collection. S. E. Beck; New Mexico State University
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Review Quotes
...an important addition to the cinephile's shelf...even casual readers will find fascinating tidbits...authoritative, useful, and even fun.
...a valuable reference work.
Like most successful subject dictionaries, this one inspires the user to browse. The text is ripe with anecdotes and very amusing. This unique volume is highly recommended for even general reference collections. It deserves a place on the shelf next to the many biographical film dictionaries.
...no other single work is as up-to-date or covers the same ground...a worthwhile addition to any general library collection.
Not only does it tell you a lot of things you never knew before but also included is a bibliography in case you want to read more on a particular subject.
...offers a handy reference to many subjects that would ordinarily require a great deal of research...this is an updated and greatly expanded version of Slide's landmark 1986 reference work...the latest version, with more than 200 new entries and much revision, is an even better job ”cold facts are written with understanding.
Slide's erudition, incisive analyses and extensive coverage of the multitude of film companies that have come and gone through the years should make his volume an essential purchase for most libraries, whether or not they have the original edition.
The book excels in detailing obscure production and releasing companies of the silent era; one would be hard-pressed to find another source of information about the Blaney-Spooner Feature Film Company of 1913...contains so much exclusive, well-detailed information that it demands inclusion on any film buff's bookshelf.
This is a useful reference book.
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Booklist, January 1998
Choice, January 1999
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Summaries
Long Description
Now in Paperback! The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry is a unique reference work, a "what's what" of the history of filmmaking not only in Hollywood but throughout the United States. More than 750 entries document the history of studios, production companies and distributors, and provide complete information on technical innovations, genres, industry terms, and organizations. Included are entries on more than 100 film companies active in the 'teens, as well as all major Hollywood studios, and major technical innovations such as CinemaScope and Dolby Sound. General entries range from "The Cold War" to "Westerns" and include film series such as "Andy Hardy" and "The Thin Man." Extensive cross referencing and an index help the reader locate information throughout the text. A completely revised and updated edition of The American Film Industry, this new edition furnishes an informed, experienced look behind the scenes of filmmaking and an invaluable reference source. Paperback edition available 2001.
Main Description
From author Anthony Slide, Hollywood's most celebrated and prolific scholar, cames a wonderfully comprehensive dictionary of American producing and releasing companies, technical innovations, industry terms, studios, genres, and organizations.
Main Description
Now in Paperback! A unique reference work, a what's what of the history of filmmaking not only in Hollywood but throughout the United States. More than 750 entries document the history of studios, production companies and distributors, and provide complete information on technical innovations, genres, industry terms, and organizations.
Publisher Fact Sheet
Teaser: The ultimate guide for anyone interested in anything in the film industry from one of the world's leading film scholars. "The bibliographies, which follow most entries, are astonishing in themselves. I had no idea so much has been written about even the most arcane film topics. You could spend half a lifetime pursuing them; browsing in this book is blessedly a whole lot easier." - Chicago Tribune. "An excellent item for a research shelf, or as a beginner's course in movies, or a refresher visit for those who think they already know everything about pictures." - The Hollywood Reporter. From author Anthony Slide, Hollywood's most celebrated & prolific scholar, comes The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry, a wonderfully comprehensive "What's What" dictionary of American producing & releasing companies, technical innovations, industry terms, studios, genres, & organizations. Included are more than 800 entries on everything from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to the Zoom Lens, from Astoria Studios to Zoetrope. There are entries on more than 100 companies active in the 'teens, as well as major studios. Following many of the entries is a short bibliography, and, where appropriate, information on institutional holdings of respective films, papers, photographs, & scripts. An essential reference for long-time cinema devotes & film students alike.
Unpaid Annotation
The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry is a unique reference work, a "what's what" of the history of filmmaking not only in Hollywood but throughout the United States. More than 750 entries document the history of studios, production companies & distributors, & provide complete information on technical innovations, genres, industry terms, & organizations. Included are entries on more than 100 film companies active in the 'teens, as well as all major Hollywood studios, & major technical innovations such as CinemaScope & Dolby Sound. General entries range from "The Cold War" to "Westerns" & include film series such as "Andy Hardy" & "The Thin Man." Extensive cross referencing & an index help the reader locate information throughout the text. A completely revised & updated edition of The American Film Industry, users of this new edition will agree that Slide furnishes an informed, experienced look behind the scenes of filmmaking with this invaluable reference source. There are innumerable "who's who" of the American film industry, but this book represents the only "what's what" in existence.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Entriesp. 1
Resource Libraries and Institutionsp. 243
Indexp. 245
About the Authorp. 267
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