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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 0.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars 14 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very funny, deadly accurate book for the film snob in all of us....OK, some of us. 16 April 2006
By Aaron - Published on Amazon.com
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Oh yes, I'm one of those "insufferable" chaps this book takes great aim at. And I enjoyed every moment of it. This is a very amusing little book that manages to serve as a surprisingly decent introduction into the names, faces and works that your basic so called "film snob" holds sacred. At the same time, it's also a painfully funny jab at the admittedly elitist world the "film snob" inhabits. The book was so damn accurate that it sometimes hit too close to home.

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!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You know who you are... 13 April 2006
By Dora Chance - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've ever watched Meshes of the Afternoon at Anthology Film Archives on an August day when the air conditioning was broken...or laughed knowingly at Joan Crawford's and Mercedes McCambridge's performances in Johnny Guitar...or refrained from laughing when Annie Lennox inexplicably began warbling "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" during that awful Derek Jarman movie, well, this book is for you. Or maybe it's not-it might hit a little too close to home.

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.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad apparatus 18 April 2006
By Matthew Tait - Published on Amazon.com
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A true snob, of course, will crack the spine with an eager eye for chinks in the armor. But quit hatin' and start congratulatin' -- this Dictionary is too well-crafted, funny, and steeped in film culture to be dismissed.

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.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest book of the year. 30 April 2006
By R. Handel - Published on Amazon.com
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It's funny 'cause it's true. Tom Servo owns two copies in case one gets lost. If you were born before 1970, I need only say, This Was Written By Two Guys From Spy Magazine. What are you waiting for? Also includes helpful tips on matters such as distinguishing Sydney Pollack from Sidney Lumet, which used to be a problem for me, but no more!
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unlikely to appear on the Book Snob*s list of great sequels 6 May 2006
By Jonathan Green - Published on Amazon.com
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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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