It's the movie industry's 100th birthday, and film buffs are celebrating the anniversary in style. London Sunday Times columnist Gilbert Adair leads off in October with Flickers: An Illustrated Celebration of 100 Years of Cinema, selecting a single movie still from each year, from 1895's La Sortie des usines Lumiere to 1994's Ed Wood, and offering his thoughts about the film's place in cinematic history (Faber & Faber, $22.95 ISBN 0-571-17309-8). Michael Barson may omit Ed Wood--the director who wanted to make movies in the worst way, and did--but he details the careers and films of more than 150 directors from 1929 to the present in October's The Illustrated Who's Who of Hollywood Directors (FSG/Noonday, $25 ISBN 0-374-52428-9; cloth $45 -17452-0). Did you know that the famous swimming pool from Sunset Boulevard was used five years later for a scene in Rebel Without a Cause? Or that amateur actor Harold Russell took home two Oscars for his role in The Best Years of Our Lives? For those who revel in such details about Oscar-winning films as well as also-rans comes, in November, Oscar A to Z: The Complete Guide to More than 2,400 Movies Nominated for Academy Awards by Charles Matthews. (Doubleday/Main Street, $20 ISBN 0-385-47364-8).
Reviewed on: 07/03/2000 Release date: 07/01/2000 Genre: Nonfiction