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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, dependable one-volume encyclopedia!
This is the latest version of the ever-dependable THE FILM ENCYCLOPEDIA by (sadly-deceased) film journalist Ephraim Katz. Since its inception over 30 years ago, this one-volume doorstopper has maintained its editorial independence and strived to be the best all-round collection of film knowledge and facts.

At over 1600 pages, the book has grown substantially...
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2.0 out of 5 stars The indexing is a little off putting
Plenty of excellent material in this book, however the method used to organise this material is not for most convenient use.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, dependable one-volume encyclopedia!, 16 July 2012
This review is from: The Film Encyclopedia 7e: The Complete Guide to Film and the Film Industry (Paperback)
This is the latest version of the ever-dependable THE FILM ENCYCLOPEDIA by (sadly-deceased) film journalist Ephraim Katz. Since its inception over 30 years ago, this one-volume doorstopper has maintained its editorial independence and strived to be the best all-round collection of film knowledge and facts.

At over 1600 pages, the book has grown substantially over the years. Each version has kept the previous version's content, meaning that there's never been a need to keep older ones. As always, it is detailed and covers most subjects and people within the world of film, that most people will ever need to know about. Whilst it will never compete with certain online film databases, for a single-volume paperback, this will be worth its weight for the majority of readers.

Likewise, it won't please everyone. No single-volume book ever could. But, my only reason for not giving it five stars, is that there are still entries missing, that I believe a UK-based film encyclopedia needs to start including. There are no entries for:
- Anime (Japanese animation), though a couple of films are mentioned under "Japan". This is an ever-growing, ever-more-popular genre, that really does need to at least be mentioned and expounded upon, if not covered in explcit detail. It's not mentioned under Animation either, which makes its ommission even more galling. The past 10-20 years has seen an explosion in this genre, and it's produced some stunning works, including the Oscar winning "SPIRITED AWAY".
- the "British Board of Film Classification", nor Censorship as an issue at all. Considering that film as an artistic medium has been subject to some of the most drastic, dangerous and provocative cuts and bannings, this subject is pretty much imperative, and its ommission is a horrible one. Even a cursory history should have been included.
- Digital Cinema, DVD and Blu-Ray's: again, a devastating ommission, considering so many modern filmgoer's and viewers now watch a substantial amount of film on these home-viewing formats. The fact that many films are now only shown from digital prints, rather than on 35mm celluloid, is something that needs to be explained. Moreso with many cinemas now going over to digital, and dismantling or removing their standard and trusty 35mm projectors.

I'm sure there are lots of other subjects, people and terms that could and should be included, but those three for me, are three of the most noticeable missing entries. I hope that they will be included in the 8th Edition.

Lastly, the cover is a little bland. Not much effort appears to have gone into its thought, and it looks cheap, and not the kind of thing I would expect from a book that was trying to be a serious, scholarly volume on cinema. Considering the book has no other images, as noted in the prefact, it's a real shame that more thought wasn't put into the cover. I would also argue for it to be released in hardback, as the paperback binding won't take long to start cracking and breaking - rendering your lovely encyclopedia, looking more like a well-thumbed telephone directory.

With that all said, however, it's still a great book, and if you only own one book on cinema, this should be a serious contender for ownership in your personal library. A hefty tome, but a worthwhile one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Film Encyclopedia, 24 Dec 2012
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Katz's film book is an update from the original published in the 1980's. It is better than the old Halliwell Companions and a useful alternative to the reference books (like the Radio Times Guide) which concentrate on film titles, and which are less relevent these days now that the likes of the IMDB is available online.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all movie lovers., 9 May 2013
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Silver Fox (Napton, England) - See all my reviews
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Of course, if you had a book that includes everything to please everyone the book would have to be 5 feet thick! This is as near as you can get to the ultimate film companion.
Despite the thickness of the book you don't have to fight to read text near the centre of it and it won't leave an awful crease on the spine unlike books you have to battle with to read.
The content covers all aspects of the film industry; actors, directors, producers, film production companies and of course the history of all the big Hollywood film studios and how they've developed from their humble births.
Great book to dip into on a rainy afternoon. Personally I find reading all about the actors fascinating and the book gives good details, not just when they were born; the studios they worked for, marriages, awards and awards nominations etc, this is rounded off with a 'Films include' list with release dates.
A terrific book which will appeal to Kindle users because of the books size. Personally, I like to get to grips with the real thing, despite it's size.
Probably stating the obvious but this isn't a film guide, I would highly recommend the Radio Times film guide which makes a perfect companion to this mighty tomb.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Packed with Film info, 11 April 2014
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Gift for my son, he loved it, lots of info and details, my only thing I would have liked would be a thicker cover book was a bit floppy for a large book. Would buy again and recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for all interested in the film industry., 28 Mar 2014
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Book is very interesting as it deals with actors/actresses and the terms used in the film industry. Should be bought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars halliwell eat your heart out, 11 Feb 2014
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the best reference book of its kind and a welcome addition to any film buff's bookshelf. Covers not just the stars and directors but writers, composers and other production artists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of great information, 30 Jan 2014
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This was bought as a present for my nephew who is studing film production and editing. He loved it and it kept him quiet all Christmas!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a xmas gift, 30 Dec 2013
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This was for a xmas present, and the recipient is delighted with it! Arrived promptly and safely wrapped as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 19 Dec 2013
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A gift for my sister, she was really happy with it, arrived quickly and brilliant value compared to the shops.. thanks a million :-)
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2.0 out of 5 stars The indexing is a little off putting, 13 Dec 2013
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Plenty of excellent material in this book, however the method used to organise this material is not for most convenient use.
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