A biographical handbook of Hispanics and United States film
A Biographical Handbook of Hispanics and United States Film is the companion volume to Hispanics and United States Film: An Overview and Handbook (see p. 20). This work documents how Hispanics have participated in American film from 1894 through the contemporary period. Hundreds of actors, directors, cinematographers, and other film professionals are referenced as well as over 1,000 films in order to provide the most complete biographic and filmographic record of the participation of Hispanics in the United States film industry. Biographical data includes all available information -- full given names and stage names, vital dates, place of birth, a record of the films that the individual participated in, and awards and other recognitions. This work also provides a rich visual apparatus with over 200 illustrations including numerous photographic stills, portrait photographs, posters, lobby cards, advertisements, and other realia.
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In this companion volume to his Hispanics and United States Film: An Overview and Handbook (LJ 12/94), Keller (regents professor, Univ. of Arizona) focuses on biography and filmography, including entries for actors, directors, and cinematographers active in the U.S. film industry from its beginnings to the present. The many Spanish-language films that have been made here are covered, but because the focus is U.S. films, one finds only very brief entries for some major foreign stars, e.g., the Mexican actor Cantinflas, whose career played out primarily in Mexico. Keller pays attention to the requirements of written Spanish, avoiding what he refers to as the "crimes against Spanish orthography" seen in other such works. The result is a high-quality reference tool that allows even those fluent in Spanish to concentrate on the information rather than on spelling. Keller plans future editions that will include additional performers and incorporate any needed corrections and revisions. Recommended for libraries owning the previous volume and for all film collections needing hard-to-find reference information.--James E. Ross, WLN, Seattle
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