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Hollywood and the foreign touch : a dictionary of foreign filmmakers and their films from America, 1910-1995 /
Harry Waldman ; consulting editor, Anthony Slide.
imprint
Lanham, MD : Scarecrow Press, 1996.
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ix, 316 p.
ISBN
0810831929 (alk. paper)
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-11:
Waldman explores a rarely discussed aspect of Hollywood history, foreign films for foreign markets made by US studios. He covers both the people and the films they made. Although few of these films were released in the US, some of the production personnel and some of the talent penetrated the mainstream US market, hence will be familiar. Information about the individuals and the films can be found in other sources, but this is a unique compilation. The coverage includes Latin Americans and Europeans, with a few English tossed into the mix. The personal entries range from a paragraph to several pages, offering birth and death years and career highlights. Waldman occasionally adds a telling anecdote, but there is no attempt to provide a complete filmography. The film listings offer release date, studio, language, length, principals, and a brief plot summary. There are no cross-references in the dictionary; instead the alphabetical approach presupposes one knows something about the subject, otherwise finding Maria Alicia Avitia (the first Spanish camerawoman in the Americas), for example, would be hit or miss. Recommended only for comprehensive collections of film history. D. A. Schmitt; St. Louis Community College at Meramec
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Waldman explores a rarely discussed aspect of Hollywood history, foreign films for foreign markets made by the US studios...this is a unique compilation.
Waldman has composed essays of varying length on hundreds of films and filmmakers for this useful reference work.
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Choice, November 1997
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While a few foreign filmmakers have been widely recognised for their contributions to Hollywood, scores more have gone largely unrecognised. Waldman provides both a catalog of and a tribute to these filmmakers and their work over the past 85 years.
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While a few select foreign filmmakers have been widely recognized for their contributions to Hollywood, scores more have gone largely unrecognized. Between 1930 and 1935 alone, more than 100 foreign-language films were produced in Hollywood. Many have been lost or forgotten. Hollywood and the Foreign Touch was assembled to right that wrong. It is both a catalog of and a tribute to foreign filmmakers and the work they have produced over the past 85 years. Arranged alphabetically by the names of the filmmakers or films, it provides detailed biographical information of the filmmakers and detailed historical and production information about the films. Full of hard-to-find and often entertaining information, Hollywood and the Foreign Touch fills a long-standing void in American film history.
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While a few select foreign filmmakers have been widely recognized for their contributions to Hollywood, scores more have gone largely unrecognized. Arranged alphabetically, this volume provides detailed information on the filmmakers and their films.

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