Posted: 11/09/2011

 

Screen World Volume 62: The Films of 2010

by Barry Monush (Editor)


Reviewed by Jef Burnham


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The Screen World series of reference guides has provided readers with the most comprehensive record of each year’s cinematic offerings since 1949. Volume 62 contains illustrated entries of every significant American and international film released in the United States in 2010 with complete film information including cast and crew credits, production company info, release dates, ratings, running times and brief plot summaries for each title in this indispensible reference guide from Applause.

Screen World Volume 62 is a beautiful hardcover volume with over 1,000 color and black-and-white photos, an index with over 19,000 entries, full-page photographs of the four Academy Award-winning actors, and a priceless biographical reference to more than 2,500 living stars. The entries are divided into two sections, “Domestic Films” and “Foreign Films,” divided into sub-sections with the most prominent titles afforded more page space. Subsequent photo-dominated sections address 2010’s most promising new actors, Academy Award winners and nominees, and the year’s top box office draws, both films and stars. The final portion of the book honors the most prominent industry men and women who died in 2010 with obituaries and photos.

The Screen World series is an essential resource for any serious film studies library. And if you’ve yet to experience this annual series, don’t be overwhelmed by the number of entries you’ve missed out on. Volume 62 is as good a volume of the series to kick off your addiction as any I’ve seen.

Volume 62 editor Barry Monush, from Metuchen, NJ, is a researcher for the Paley Center for Media in New York City. Monush is also the author of the Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors: From the Silent Era to 1965; Everybody’s Talkin’: The Top Films of 1965-1969; Hollywood Musicals: Year by Year (now in its revised third edition); the Music on Film volume on West Side Story; and he is the co-author of the Lucille Ball FAQ along with James Sheridan.

Jef Burnham is a writer and educator living in Chicago, Illinois. While waging war on mankind from a glass booth in the parking lot of a grocery store, Jef managed to earn a degree in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago, and is now the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com.



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