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Contemporary North American film directors : a Wallflower critical guide
Allon, Yoram.
[Second edition].
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Wallflower, [2002]

Physical Description:
xix, 619 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
First ed. published as: The Wallflower critical guide to contemporary North American directors.
List of contributors -- Contributors' profiles -- Foreword to the second edition -- Introduction to the first edition -- Directors A-Z -- Filmography.
Added Uniform Title:
Wallflower critical guide to contemporary North American directors.
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This revised and updated edition of the Critical Guide encompasses the careers of over 500 directors that have worked within the North American film industry, including Canada, since the early 1990s. This edition features new or revised material on 150 directors, and includes coverage of mainstream luminaries such as Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Robert Altman, and Kathryn Bigelow, independent mavericks like Hal Hartley and Jim Jarmusch, and innovative emerging talents including Todd Field ( In the Bedroom ), David Gordon Green ( George Washington ) and Christopher McQuarrie ( The Way of the Gun ). This is a unique reference to the changing dynamics of the world's most watched movies.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Editors Allon, Del Cullen, and Hannah Patterson, editorial director, chief editor, and assistant editor of Wallflower Press, respectively, retain the high quality of the first edition of this work, the inaugural volume in Wallflower's four-part series on contemporary film directors. Encompassing the careers of 600-plus directors working in the United States and Canada-up nearly 100 from the original volume-this guide provides critical summaries of each director's career, with a sidebar listing films and basic biographical information. The alphabetical entries range from a quarter-page to two pages in length, and a film index and forewords by Nick James and Neil LaBute enhance the new edition. More than 80 critics contributed to this work, which makes for varying quality, but in general the entries are well written and informative. As with the first edition, the book's strength is its currency-it includes many first-time directors (e.g., Alan Cumming)-and the editors pay attention to lowbrow as well as highbrow filmmakers, encompassing both John Waters and Martin Scorsese. Considering the variety of directors included and the plan to update biennially, this guide is essential for all film studies collections, along with International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers: Directors, 3d ed., edited by Nicolet Elert and others, and The St. James Film Directors Encyclopedia, edited by Andrew Sarris.-Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The second edition (1st ed., 2000) of this well-received guide to contemporary feature film directors updates the 500 filmographies in the first edition and adds about 60 new names. Wallflower, a British publisher of film books and journals, intends to revise this title continuously, along with companion volumes on directors from Great Britain and Ireland, contemporary Europe, and the world. General readers, students, and filmmakers will devour the factual information, interpretation, and lively criticism of these concise essays, mostly by British authors. The informal style takes the insider tone of film aficionados. Although the book contains no illustrations, it has a useful title index. Even in the crowded field of cinema reference, this volume finds a place. The Encyclopedia of Filmmakers (CH, Sep'02) and the International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers: v.2: Directors (2nd ed., CH, Mar'92) are magisterial, but tend to emphasize established classics. Fifty Contemporary Filmmakers, ed. by Yvonne Tasker (2002), is more like the Wallflower guide, but obviously less comprehensive in coverage. At its price, even libraries owning the first edition should consider acquiring this update. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All collections. J. M. Alexander Carnegie Mellon University