Encyclopedia of Film Themes, Settings and Series

Publish yr note: First released in 2000

The first editon used to be referred to as "the Most worthy movie reference in different years" through Library magazine. the recent version released in hardcover in 2001 contains greater than 670 entries. the present paintings is a paperback reprint of that version. every one access includes a mini-essay that defines the subject, via a chronological record of consultant films.

From the Abominable Snowman to Zorro, this encyclopedia presents movie students and fanatics with an easy-to-use reference for getting to know movie issues or monitoring down imprecise video clips on topics comparable to suspended animation, viral epidemics, robots, submarines, reincarnation, ventriloquists and the Olympics ("Excellent" acknowledged Cult Movies).

The quantity additionally comprises an intensive checklist of movie characters and sequence, together with B-movie detectives, Western heroes, made-for-television movie sequence, and international movie heroes and villains.

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Surprisingly, Reinhold and Ashton generated a lot of the humor — a point lost in the subsequent sequels. Beverly Hills Cop spawned two top five songs: the instrumental “Axel F” by Harold Faltermeyer and “The Heat Is On” by former Eagle Glenn Frey. After appearing in the panned pictures The Best Defense (¡984) and The Golden Child (¡986), Murphy reprised his role as Axel Foley for the noisy, overproduced Beverly Hills Cop II (¡987). This sequel featured a Stallone connection, too, since lead actress Brigitte Nielsen was once married to Sly.

Sally Field lived with two husbands in Kiss Me Goodbye (¡982), but one of them was a ghost (thus, according to the law, she was not a bigamist). Jean Seberg had two husbands in the gold rush musical Paint Your Wagon (¡969), but that’s only because Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood bought her wifely services jointly at an auction. The movie bigamist with the most spouses was the one found dead on the floor of a hotel room in the beginning of ¡5 Wives (¡934). Needless to say, there was no shortage of murder suspects.

The mutant, pollution-made monster in John Frankenheimer’s Prophecy (¡979) looked like a conglomeration of several animals, but it was probably more bear than anything else. In the o›beat ¡96¡ fantasy The Two Little Bears, Eddie Albert discovered that his two little children could turn into bear cubs at night. Director-actor Jean Renoir dressed as a bear to attend the climactic country manor costume party in his classic social satire The Rules of the Game (¡939). Natassja Kinski sported a bear costume as well in John Irving’s The Hotel New Hampshire (¡984).

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