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Halliwell's Who's Who
by Leslie Halliwell and John Walker.
Not a book to sit down with and read from cover to cover but rather Leslie Halliwell and John Walker's work is a comprehensive reference to the world of cinema and movies.
The first 450 pages of this book, which is in total nearly two inches thick, is devoted to a complete list of the world's film industry personalities. Actors, actresses, directors, opera singers and even animals such as "Champion the Wonder Horse" are all present and each one gets a short paragraph describing them and listing their work.
There are other sections listing such things as technical terms, movie studios and production companies. My Own Private Idaho gets a brief mention whilst discussing the subject of homosexuality in movies but is not to be found in the section about incest - the 1997 film U-Turn, starring Joaquin Phoenix, is one of the movies referred to instead. There's also a listing of movie resources on the Internet, a short history of Cinema and a section listing the Academy Award winners from 1927 through until 1997.
Very rarely, a quotation or two is included at the bottom of a record. In the case of one particular entry though, quite frankly we wish they hadn't bothered.
Phoenix, River (1970-1993)
Also with entries of their own are Joaquin and Rain Phoenix. Which, if nothing else, rather shows that this book isn't quite as comprehensive and complete as it first appears.
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