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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc (21 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767918762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767918763
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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"A witty, often devastatingly funny, ultra-sophisticated guide for the uninitiated, the would-be cinephile's equivalent to decrypting the Rosetta Stone. Even I had no idea that Clint Howard was a cult figure." --Bruce Goldstein, Repertory Program Director, Film Forum (New York) and founder, Rialto Pictures

A witty, often devastatingly funny, ultra-sophisticated guide for the uninitiated, the would-be cinephile s equivalent to decrypting the Rosetta Stone. Even I had no idea that Clint Howard was a cult figure. Bruce Goldstein, Repertory Program Director, Film Forum (New York) and founder, Rialto Pictures"

About the Author

DAVID KAMP is a longtime writer for Vanity Fair, where short versions of The Film Snob*s Dictionary and the The Rock Snob*s Dictionary first appeared, and also contributes regularly to GQ. LAWRENCE LEVI has written about films and film culture for The New York Times, The Nation, and many other publications, and was a colleague of Kamp's at Spy, the much-missed satirical magazine. Both Kamp and Levi live in New York.

ROSS MacDONALD's illustrations have graced many major periodicals, including The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. He lives in Connecticut.


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This is not as the title suggests. It's mostly a compilation of people - mostly American - described in a rather tiresome and florid manner which although intended to be amusing (which in parts it is) becomes over-cynical. There are also some terms used in filmographical contexts but it is by no means an exhaustive lexicon.

An interesting read for an hour or so, but nothing more.
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I never really thought of the difference between movies and films before i read this book. As a result i am looking for Jerry Bruckheimer.
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A diverting read for about an hour. Then it's done. Some amusement to be had but don't pay more than pennies.
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If you like classical cinema, get this funny and intelligent book...
Theoretical definitions are hillarious (Apparatus), biographical entries are clever and sometimes brilliant, the view of "film culture" very insightful (film circles with 19-year olds who have already seen every film, fans with penile defficiencies who like violent films...).

This is a good present for the coming holidays if you have a film buff for a friend or relative (AND it's not expensive...).
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars 15 reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 26 Nov. 2016
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No value to owning this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Like Good Films 3 Nov. 2015
By Sean Ramsdell - Published on Amazon.com
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Pros: Some names I recognised: Z Channel (saw the film on IFC years ago), Criterion (already subscribed online), Roger Corman (Vincent Price, anyone?), etc
Accessible read, saw some of the stuff mentioned (ala TV or online)
Cons: Avoid some stuff like Kenneth Anger (Devil worshipper); I don't like a ton of explicit stuff (snobs beware), swearing

I even made a list on Criterion based on the books (Rock and Film Snob)
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect present! 10 Jan. 2014
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Got one for my film junkie boyfriend for Christmas and he adores it! He references it all the time and giggled the whole time he read it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 26 Nov. 2013
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Got this for my friend's birthday because she loves film! She loved this book and I was very satisfied with my purchase!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unlikely to appear on the Book Snob*s list of great sequels 6 May 2006
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While the Rock Snob book was both an interesting encyclopedia and a witty critique of a sub-culture, this just seems like the employees' manual from a slightly above-average video store. It doesn't seem to get the cineastes, the gorehounds, or the fan-boys in it's scope. It just seems a MEDITATION ON the slightly off-beat with a nod toward the classic.

It's probably this year's gift of choice for people you don't want to drop $30 on a Criterion DVD for. But they won't find it amusing.
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