- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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)
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.