This is a revised edition of the 4th volume of the International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, which also includes Volume 1, Films, Volume 2, Directors, and Volume 3, Actors and Actresses. The book contains 545 entries, consisting of a brief biography, a complete filmography, a selected bibliography of works by and about the entrant, and a critical essay written by a specialist in the field. There are 51 entrants new to this edition. Most of the entries from the previous edition have been retained here; all entries have updated filmographies and bibliographies; and many entries have updated critical essays. Since film is primarily a visual medium, the majority of entries are illustrated, either by a portrait or by a representative still from the entrant’s body of work.
The entrants in this volume represent a wide range of writers and production artists, including art directors, cinematographers, costume designers, composers (and music directors, arrangers, and lyricists), editors, choreographers, stuntmen, special effects and sound technicians, makeup artists, and animators. The selection of entrants is once again based on the recommendations of the advisory board. It was not thought necessary to propose strict criteria for selection: the book is intended to represent the wide range of interests within North American, British, and West European film scholarship and criticism.