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St James Film Directors Encyclopedia [Hardcover]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding value June 27 2002
..., this 692 page hardcover book is an outstanding value. Edited by one of America's foremost critics, Andrew Sarris, with contributions by renowned scholars such as Dudley Andrew, David Bordwell, and Douglas Gomery, the content is excellent. Less opinionated and more informative than similar works, it's the best reference work on directors I've seen. With over 200 entries, all major directors are included. I highly recommend it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A major disappointment. April 26 1998
200 is far too few directors, and the selection is weighed towards current film-festival favorites.
The write-ups on each director are by a grab bag of critics and scholars. The occasional gem (i.e. Robin Wood on Anthony Mann) is found among gushing fan notes and dull career overviews. There is little critical perspective such as in the editor's 1968 THE AMERICAN CINEMA.
For the same money one could purchase David Thomson's A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF FILM. In that great work are perceptive critical appraisals of several hundred directors with complete filmographies, with the added bonus of stars, writers, cameramen, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding value June 27 2002
By Louis H. Ortega - Published on Amazon.com
..., this 692 page hardcover book is an outstanding value. Edited by one of America's foremost critics, Andrew Sarris, with contributions by renowned scholars such as Dudley Andrew, David Bordwell, and Douglas Gomery, the content is excellent. Less opinionated and more informative than similar works, it's the best reference work on directors I've seen. With over 200 entries, all major directors are included. I highly recommend it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A major disappointment. April 26 1998
By Lowell Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
200 is far too few directors, and the selection is weighed towards current film-festival favorites.
The write-ups on each director are by a grab bag of critics and scholars. The occasional gem (i.e. Robin Wood on Anthony Mann) is found among gushing fan notes and dull career overviews. There is little critical perspective such as in the editor's 1968 THE AMERICAN CINEMA.
For the same money one could purchase David Thomson's A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF FILM. In that great work are perceptive critical appraisals of several hundred directors with complete filmographies, with the added bonus of stars, writers, cameramen, etc.
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