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The new historical dictionary of the American film industry
Slide, Anthony.
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
266 pages ; 29 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: The American film industry. 1986.
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PN1993.5.U6 S539 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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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.

Author Notes

Anthony Slide is the author or editor of some sixty books on the history of popular entertainment, & editor of the "Filmmakers" series published by Scarecrow Press. He has served as an associate archivist of the American Film Institute & resident film historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In 1990, in recognition of his work on the history of popular culture, Mr. Slide was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters by Bowling Green University. Anthony Slide resides in Studio City, California.

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Covers studios, companies, clubs and associations, and related concepts. Lots here that is not found elsewhere.

Choice Review

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

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Entriesp. 1
Resource Libraries and Institutionsp. 243
Indexp. 245
About the Authorp. 267