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Encyclopedia of American war films
Langman, Larry.
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New York : Garland, 1989.
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xvi, 696 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
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PN1995.9.W3 L36 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Library Journal Review

The authors' aim is to include a listing for every film made in the United States from 1898 through 1988. With almost 2000 entries (most containing major credits and plot synopis with a soupcon of critical adjectives) certainly all the major and very possibly all the minor films would appear to be covered. Additional articles are provided on topical and historical subjects. The most helpful of three appendixes lists film titles according to the war they purport to show. (Where else would you find the titles of the two American films made concerning the Sanusi anti-British revolt?) The information included is reasonably accurate. Large libraries and special collections should consider purchase; smaller libraries should locate a copy of Lawrence H. Suid's less expensive Guts & Glory: Great American War Movies (LJ 6/15/78) , which lacks this work's breadth, but has a lot more depth.-- John Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Langman, author of several film books, including the Encyclopedia of American Comedy (CH, Jul'88), and Borg, who claims a background in history, aim for "the most complete and accurate one-book volume on American {{i.e., US-made}} war films." The alphabetically arranged entries include brief credits, synopses, and commentary, with other war-related films included in such genre entries as "Musicals" and "Recruitment Films." Additional entries are provided for historical figures and events, noting relevant films. Cross-references to the films in these entries are incomplete, so a title index, as well as actor/director indexes, would have been useful. Appendixes include film biographies, Oscar-winning films, and a list of wars and related films. Films overlooked include How the West Was Won, The Littlest Rebel, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, and Hair, and one should approach with caution any book that finds historical accuracy as a major point of merit for John Wayne's The Alamo. Most of this information can be found elsewhere, so the result is ready-reference convenience at the expense of depth, serving the film buff more than the film student. -A. Ellis, Northern Kentucky University