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Film Glossaries and Encyclopedias

The Film EncyclopediaThe Film Encyclopedia
5th Edition
Ephraim Katz
This is the most comprehensive one-volume encyclopedia on film, and it has long been considered the undisputed bible of the film industry. With up-to-date additions, this fifth edition features more than 8,000 A-Z entries on the artistic, technical, and commercial aspects of moviemaking. Unrivaled in its scope, The Film Encyclopedia is the indispensable film book for moviegoers, students, critics, and everyone associated with the art and craft of motion pictures. Softcover, 1542 pp. $39.95.

Strike the Baby and Kill the BlondeStrike the Baby and Kill the Blonde: An Insider's Guide to Film Slang
Dave Knox
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a gaffer and a grip? Or what makes the best boy so great? In this fact-filled book, Dave Knox, a top camera operator and longtime veteran of the film industry, gives you the inside story on the lingo and slang heard on a set. This is an A-Z guide to making a movie: the equipment, the crew, and sometimes hilarious terminology -- everything that you need to know to sound like a seasoned pro. Softcover, 223 pp. $17.95.

The Hollywood DictionaryThe Hollywood Dictionary
If you want to make it in Hollywood you'd better learn the lingo! This indipensible A-to-Z guide is guaranteed to make you sound like you know what you're talking about -- even when you don't. Hardcover, 96 pp. $18.95.

Manhattan on FilmManhattan on Film: Walking Tours of Hollywood's Fabled Front Lot
Chuck Katz
This special guide to the Big City takes the reader on fourteen walking tours of Manhattan's most memorable film locations. From Katz's Delicatessen, where Meg Ryan verbally simulated an orgasm in When Harry Met Sally... to the Dakota apartment building, where Rosemary's Baby slept, to St. Bartholomew's Church, where Arthur left his bride at the altar, here you will find key sites from more than seventy-five years of moviemaking. Softcover, 331 pp. $28.95.

The Moviegoer's CompanionThe Moviegoer's Companion
Rhiannon Guy
What is the longest film ever made? Why do all movie phone numbers begin with 555? Who did one-arm push-ups while collecting his Oscar? Discover the answer to these and other movie trivia questions in this entertaining collection of fascinating film facts. Hardcover, 153 pp. $23.95.

The New Biographical Dictionary of FilmThe New Biographical Dictionary of Film
David Thomson
Expanded and updated for 2004. More a bible than a dictionary, this revised edition of David Thomson's definitive classic is required reading for anyone with even a passing interest in film. With over 1300 concise yet astutely observed biographical sketches of the most significant personalities in film history, this book is as intelligent as it is comprehensive as it is entertaining. Essential. Softcover. $32.95.

A to Z Guide to Film TermsA to Z Guide to Film Terms
Third Edition
Tim Moshansky
This handy, pocket-sized A-Z guide is exhaustive in its listings of film industry jargon and technical terms. "Dutch Angle", "Buffalo Box", "MacGuffin", "Work Print", "BFL", and more terms than you can ever imagine are defined herein. An absolute must for industry professionals, film students, and movie fans. Softcover, 96 pp. $12.95.

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