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Italian film : a who's who
Stewart, John, 1952-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [1994]

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xvi, 812 pages ; 24 cm
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PN1998.2 .S74 1994 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An encyclopedic reference and filmography to the nearly 5,000 people involved in the Italian film making industry since 1896. Each entry provides a brief biography and an account of what films each person worked in and in what capacity. An annotated title index includes a listing of both the Italian and English-language title versions. Annotation c

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Library Journal Review

Stewart's excellent filmography is a personal credits index to approximately 5000 Italians and foreigners (e.g., Dustin Hoffman, Peter Sellers) who have been in front of or behind the camera during the making of Italian films. Each entry provides minimal personal data, films, and release dates; complete screen credits are available only for Italians. Film students will find Stewart very useful for establishing the Italian and foreign alternative titles for works, although it is sometimes necessary to know the exact Italian name for successful searching (e.g., Le notti di Cabiria is not indexed as Nights of Cabiria). As the sole comprehensive volume of its type, this is recommended for academic film collections.-Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., Tex. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Stewart has produced at least three previous reference books for McFarland, covering diverse topics: African States and Rulers (CH, Oct'89), Antarctica (CH, Apr'91), and Moons of the Solar System (CH, May'92). Like these earlier works, this source is well researched and easy to use. The main part of the book consists of an alphabetical list of some 5,000 actors, directors, writers, producers, and major technicians--both Italian and non-Italian --who have been involved in Italian motion pictures. A filmography and some very brief biographical data are given for each person. This is followed by an index of all of the film titles (including translations and other title variations) that appear in the individual filmographies. Codes are used to indicate the role a person had in the making of a film, so that it is possible to locate quickly, say, the director of any film in the index. This solid reference work on a somewhat specialized topic is recommended for research collections in film studies, but at this price it is not an essential purchase for smaller or general libraries. W. P. Hogan; Eastern Michigan University