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Take one's Essential guide to Canadian film
Wise, Wyndham, 1947-
Publication Information:
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
xiv, 272 pages ; 26 cm
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Take one (Montréal, Québec)

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PN1993.5.C2 T29 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Take One's Essential Guide to Canadian Film is the most exhaustive and up-to-date reference book on Canadian film and filmmakers, combining 700 reviews and biographical listings with a detailed chronology of major events in Canadian film and television history. Compiled by Wyndham Wise, the editor and publisher of Take One, Canada's most respected film magazine, with a foreword by Canadian director Patricia Rozema, this is the only reference book of its kind published in English.

Each film title is listed with credits, a mini review, and significant awards. Biographical listings of directors, producers, actors, writers, animators, cinematographers, distributors, exhibitors, and independent filmmakers are accompanied by date and place of birth, date of death if applicable, a brief career overview, and a filmography. Wise celebrates Canadian achievement on both a national and an international scale, and juxtaposes the distinctly Canadian with Canada's exports to Hollywood: Maury Chaykin and Jim Carrey, John Candy and William Shatner, Mon Oncle Antoine and Porky's, Highway 61 and Meatballs, The Red Violin and The Art of War.

From great early Hollywood stars like Walter Huston, Fay Wray, Mary Pickford, Norma Shearer, and Marie Dressler, to our current crop of star directors - including Patricia Rozema, Atom Egoyan, David Cronenberg, Denys Arcand, Peter Mettler, Guy Maddin, and Robert Lepage - Canadians have made an important but largely unrecorded contribution to the history of world cinema. Impressive for its breadth of coverage, refreshing in its opinionated informality, this comprehensive and lively look at Canadian film culture at the start of the twenty-first century admirably fills the gap.

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Choice Review

Although many monographs have been published treating Canadian film, reference works about this important subject have been few, especially in the "guide" category. Now, suddenly, there are two: the work under review and Peter Harry Rist's Guide to the Cinema(s) of Canada (2001). The strengths of Take One are its handiness for ready reference, its excellent appendixes, and its affordability. Alphabetically arranged entries cover selected performers, directors, producers, and films. Performers include several (e.g., Glenn Ford) who found their primary fame in Hollywood. There are a few topical entries, such as "experimental film" and "tax-shelter era." Appendixes include "A Chronology of Canadian Film and Television" 1894-2000, and "Awards," the latter covering not only the Canadian Film Awards and Genie Awards, but also the Les Prix Jutra (Quebec film awards), Golden Reel Awards (of top box office films), and Academy Awards. The book lacks bibliographical references, illustrations, and indexing, and has entries that are generally brief. This pared-down format results in a low-priced paperback that few underfunded public and academic libraries needing media reference works will be able to resist. All collections. C. Hendershott New School for Social Research

Table of Contents

Patricia Rozema
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Abbreviationsp. xii
Take One's Essential Guide to Canadian Filmp. 3
Appendix 1 A Chronology of Canadian Film and Televisionp. 229
Appendix 2 Awardsp. 259