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Title:
The films of the nineties : a complete, qualitative filmography of over 3000 feature-length English language films, theatrical and video-only, released between January 1, 1990, and December 31, 1999
Author:
Nowlan, Robert A.
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xvi, 720 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780786409747
Format :
Book

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Summary

This filmography presents 3000 feature-length English language films released between the 1st January, 1990 and the 31st December, 1999. Each entry has alternate titles, running time, cast and production credits, a synopsis, and often critical comment and Academy Award nominees and winners.


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Booklist Review

Two established film authors follow up The Films of the Eighties (McFarland, 1991) with their new book on films of the nineties. This volume contains 3,268 entries for films released in theaters between January 1, 1990, and December 31, 1999. Aside from excluding pornographic, documentary, and experimental films, the authors endeavor to be exhaustive but admit that some films may have been missed. However, they believe that they have captured all of the films that were "deemed worthy of being reviewed by some critic in some periodical." Each entry (arranged in alphabetical order) contains the year of release, production company, country of origin, director(s), producer(s), screenwriter(s), awards (if any), lead players and their character names, and a critical summary. These summaries range in length from 30 to 200 words and can be scathing (see the entry for The Quick and the Dead). In addition to the main entries, the book offers a four-page introduction that addresses the highlights and lowlights of the decade in film. The index is a master list of names and is more than 100 pages long. So why, with free Web sources like The Internet Movie Database [http://www.imdb.com/], would a library buy this book? The IMDb provides more information, many more search options and, based on a sample, covers all of the films listed in this title. What it does not provide, besides the Nowlans' commentary, is the 1990s perspective, which places each film within the context of other films of the decade. The Films of the Nineties is recommended for academic and public libraries that support a film studies curriculum.


Choice Review

A companion to the authors' The Films of the Eighties (1991), this title contains numbered entries for 3,268 English-language films that were released to theaters in the 1990s, arranged alphabetically by title. Its international scope gives this title added value when compared to any rival reference works, which primarily focus on US films, citing only a few better-known films from other countries. Each entry supplies, in standard order, year of release, name of production or releasing company, country of origin, running time, names of main production crew members, and leading cast members and their characters. A brief description of the film follows, with the authors' evaluation. Academy Award nominees and winners (both films and individuals) are indicated. The book includes a key to abbreviations and a 112-page name index (but indexes by release year, production company, country of origin, and genre are all lacking). Besides movie reference books, McFarland has published four quotation dictionaries by these authors. Librarians will need to decide whether to pay this price or purchase a cheaper, less focused paperback alternative. Suitable for academic and large public libraries, as well as specialized film collections. D. K. Blewett College of DuPage