Film Review 1963/1964 - Edited by F. Maurice SpeedLondon: Macdonald, 1963, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed at the head of the spine and top corners. Binding faded under the loss to the dust wrapper at the head of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Colour frontispiece; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “For nineteen years, Film Review, has justly been regarded not merely as another “film book” to browse through and eventually discard, but as a serious guide to the year’s films. It has been an invaluable record of the year in the cinema and a reference book which, however amusing and interesting it may be to look through, is of immense lasting reference value, to be kept carefully and consulted repeatedly through the years. It is this value which has put such a premium on past volumes that back numbers have been changing hands at more than ten times their original price.
For its twentieth appearance, Film Review changes its format and now casts its appeal to a wider, more international, more serious audience — though it is never too serious and still wonderful value even as just a “picture book". The number of pages has been increased, and the method of printing changed to allow better reproduction of the photographs than ever before.
But regular readers have no need to fear these changes. All the usual reference features have been retained, and even increased both in scope and length. The main new additions are the articles on various aspects of the cinema today, contributed by experts. As examples: the feature about the year’s Film Festivals and an evaluation of their importance; an article about the advance of the largest screen of all, Cinerama; a global round-up from the film-production centres; news of TV film production in Britain and abroad; a special feature about “The Cinematic Pattern of the Future"; and Oswell Blakeston in his “Pied Piper of the Cinema” writing about the rightful place of the motion picture in the modern school programme.
Add to these features a complete review in picture and reference data of the year’s film releases, a look at the films still to come, the Star of the Year awards, etc., etc., and you have a volume of enormous general interest and a reference book which no student of the Cinema can afford to be without.”