The Dinosaur Filmography

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McFarland, Aug 31, 2015 - Performing Arts - 509 pages
From classics like King Kong, to beloved B–movies like The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, to blockbusters like Jurassic Park, it’s easy to see that filmmakers and audiences alike love to see dinosaurs on the screen. This comprehensive filmography, arranged alphabetically by title, contains entries that include basic facts (year of release, country of origin, studio, and running time), followed by a concise plot summary, the author’s critical commentary, information on the production and the people behind it, and secrets of the often-ingenious special effects. Three useful appendices feature films with minor dinosaur content, planned but unfinished dinosaur movies, and the quasi-dinosaurs of Toho Studios. To be included, a movie must depict one or more representations of a “prehistoric reptile.” Inaccurate portrayals are included, as long as the intent is to represent a real or fictional dinosaur. Not eligible are films featuring prehistoric mammals, prehistoric humans or humanoids, and beasts of mythology—unless, of course, the movie also has a dinosaur.

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Foreword by Donald Lessem
The Filmography
Between pages 294 and 295 are 16 color plates containing 22 photographs
DinoCameos and PaleoPlotsFilms with Dinosaurian Themes Plot Elements or Isolated Dinosaur Scenes
Lost WorldsDinosaur Films That Might Have Been or Might Yet Be
It Came from JapanA Chronology of the QuasiDinosaurs from Toho Studios

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Mark F. Berry is a technical writer and freelance author on the subject of genre films. He lives in Glasgow, Kentucky.

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