Library staff recommendation: International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers

Louise Brooks on the front cover of Volume 1

International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers

St. James Press, 4th edition. Volume 1: Films; Volume 2: Directors; Volume 3: Actors and Actresses; Volume 4: Writers and Production Artists.
Greenfield Reference 791.4303 In85 2000

For anyone who likes movies (and who doesn’t), this is a great starting point for research as well as a fun set to browse. Each entry includes “a brief biography, a complete filmography, a selected bibliography of works by and about the entrant, and a critical essay written by a specialist in the field.” (from the “Editor’s Note”, V. 2, p. vii.) Almost all of the entries have a photograph of the person or a film still. If you’re doing research or writing a paper on a film or person covered in this title, your research just got a lot easier: the bibliography guides you to the best sources, and the brief critical essays are excellent.

The UArts Greenfield Library has three older editions of this title; a few entries are removed from each edition in order to make room for the new entries. Quentin Tarantino, for example, wasn’t included in this until the 1997 edition.

Looking for an animator? See Volume 4, Writers and Production Artists.

The great Ray Harryhausen (1920- ) and the Medusa head from Clash of the Titans (1981). From the 1997 edition, volume 4.

Enjoy!

Recommended by Sara MacDonald, Public Services Librarian

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