Epic Films

Epic Films : Casts, Credits and Commentary on Over 350 Historical Spectacle Movies

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'Epic' films, those concerned with monumental events and larger-than-life characters, cover the period from the Creation to the A.D. 1200s and have been churned out by Hollywood and overseas studios since the dawn of filmmaking. Arguably the master of the genre, Cecil B. DeMille hit upon the perfect mixture of sex, splendor, and the sacred to lure audiences to his epic productions.Each of the 355 alphabetically arranged entries in this book includes casts and credits, plot synopsis, and narratives on the making of the films. This second edition is accompanied by all new photographs.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 176 x 252 x 22mm | 580.6g
  • McFarland & Co Inc
  • Jefferson, NC, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 190 photos, bibliography, index
  • 0786440813
  • 9780786440818
  • 2,104,892

About Gary Allen Smith

Gary A. Smith is the author of six prior books dealing with various aspects of motion picture history. His subjects have ranged from epic films such as Ben-Hur to the Beach Party movies starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. A lifelong film fan, he currently lives in Palm Springs, California.show more

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"[the author] has done a terrific job bringing all these films together. His comments are perceptive, sometimes funny, always well considered. A third volume would not be a bad thing"--Classic Images; "this volume provides a good introduction to the mainstream genre...a pleasant addition"--Booklist; "a faithful record of an important film genre"--Communication Booknotes Quarterly; "enjoyable...entertaining and browsable...highly recommended"--ARBA; "informative encyclopedia, crammed with all the expected cast and credit data one could wish for"--Film Review; "this book delivers the goods all the way"--Little Shoppe of Horrors.show more

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