The Film Snob's Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Filmological Knowledge Paperback – 21 Feb 2006
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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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Top Customer Reviews
An interesting read for an hour or so, but nothing more.
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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If you've ever found yourself driving for over two hours to catch that acclaimed film everyone at Cannes was raving about. If the words "The Criterion Collection" causes your pulse to race with excitement. If you've suddenly found yourself friendless because your buddies got sick and tired of you raving about the latest and greatest Cronenberg film. Or if you find yourself in online arguments about why 'French Connection II' is the better film than the original, then this book is for you.
If you have a friend who is all of the above and who forces you to sit "in the third row" on the left when he drags you to a film, this book is the perfect tool that you can use to keep up with him. Or bring him back down to Earth! A nifty little book.
Oh, and by the way Messers Kamp and Levi, you guys are correct. 'Office Space' really does suck!!!
But for everyone else it's really, really funny. Highly recommended. I especially like the guide to determining whether you're watching a "movie" or a "film."
And yes, I do know that the phrase "awful Derek Jarman movie" is oxymoronic.
Its real significance, though, is the new breed of snob that it represents -- one that can name-drop Cahiers du Cinema and then laugh at its own pretense; one that's at ease with Wire Fu and Bergman both; one that's comfortable enough with its gut reaction to say "Dude, Tarkovsky's kinda boring." Which means you'll get a heavy dose of the canon, along with some serious arcana about the marginalized weirdness that'll wind up in the canon, one day, if these guys have their way.
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.