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Imagine you are writing a film paper on George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead and you want to contrast it with similar movies about flesh-eating ghouls. You could diligently pore through a variety of reference sources on Romero and the horror genre, or you could begin your search by turning in this work to the GHOULS entry (as differentiated from the ZOMBIES entry, both cross-referenced and carefully explained): There, a number of films are listed following a mini-essay on the topic overall. The over 450 such entries range from unusual occupations in movies (Bounty Hunters and Librarians, for instance) to subjects (Automobiles, or Trumpet Players), themes (Reincarnation, Lookalikes), settings (Hospitals, Tunnels), happenstances (Dates in Title, Long Running Times), film series (the Range Busters, Carry On...), and characters (Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan)-and more! All in all an invaluable service to fan and scholar alike.
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The 450-plus entries in The Movie List Book include characters (mostly fictional, like King Arthur or Philip Marlowe), subjects (lynching), locales (subways), themes (time travel), occupations (taxi drivers), things (bicycles), as well as series films ( Dirty Harry; "Carry On"). Although the authors understandably exclude large subjects (like World War II) and deal only with English-language sound films and some TV movies, the volume is extraordinarily comprehensive and accurate (although this reviewer would lobby to include samurai, bars, actors/backstage life, chases, and more diseases). Complementing the book's notable research value is the fact that it's also great fun to flip through, to savor the sheer arcaneness of some of the entries or the wit of others ( Monty Python's Holy Grail under "rabbits"). Apart from the NYPL Theatre Collection card catalog, the American Film Institute Catalogs, and Leslie Halliwell's various books (sporadically), this kind of broad/minute subject indexing is rarely available and badly needed. The Armstrongs have come up with the most useful film reference in several years. Fans are sure to love it, too.
-David Bartholomew, NYPL
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
YA-Originally published in 1990, this expanded and updated second edition covers over 550 categories. The book does not provide encapsulated reviews, nor does it critique films. What it does is arrange them into different categories. The classifications are logical, and the entries are readable and fun. Each one falls into two parts, the first of which is a narrative description of the category and the second is a chronological list of representative films. Some of the different headings include such gems as "Body Switching," "Chainsaws," "Multiple Roles," "Popes and Cardinals," and "Slasher Movies." "See also" references abound. An excellent tool for film students who are trying to pull together similar titles or just for fun.
John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description McFarland & Company, 1990. Library Binding. Condition: Good. First Edition. Good+ condition in green cloth. Ex-library with usual markings. Slight wear to cover. No markings in text. Usually ships within one business day. Seller Inventory # mon0000000315
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