Following the same successful formula as The Art Book, The Photography Book and The Fashion Book, The Movie Book is an A-Z guide to 500 celebrated individuals who have made a landmark contribution to the medium of film.
The entire industry is represented - from actors and directors to costume designers and special-effects wizards, from major movie moguls and pioneers of the silent screen to some of today's most worshipped idols. Packed with absorbing details and rich with history, all genres of cinema are included - from Hollywood blockbusters to French New Wave, from groundbreaking science-fiction films to animation classics, and from screwball comedies to film-noir thrillers.
Each entry is evocatively illustrated with a high-quality film still, photograph or cinematic sequence and accompanied by an authoritative text that reveals the significance of each name within the history of film. In addition, The Movie Book uses a comprehensive cross-referencing system and glossary to guide the reader through the complexities of the motion-picture industry.
Companion volume to the international bestseller The Art Book, this is an ideal introduction to the world of movies as well as a visual sourcebook that is easy to use, educational and fun, its A-Z format presenting thought-provoking juxtapositions.
'This encyclopedia-ish tome should provide years of service as both a reference guide and source of reminiscence for movies and the players who made them.' (Washington Post)
'The Movie Book is the publishing equivalent of a Hollywood blockbuster.' (Evening Standard)
'A deeply pleasurable thing to have around ... a lovely luxury item for all film fans.' (Heat)
'A weighty tome in all the right ways ... startling imagery, brilliant art direction.' (Arena)
'Each image is superbly reproduced and neatly captures the essence of its subject ... a volume whose visual pleasures are almost unlimited.' (Empire Magazine)
'From nouvelle vague to animation, representatives come from every area - from movie moguls to screen idols and designers to directors and each entry is accompanied by a striking film still. A feast for fans.' (The Good Book Guide)