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Robert James Leslie Halliwell (23 February 1929 – 21 January 1989) was a British film critic, encyclopaedist and television impresario who in 1965 compiled The Filmgoer's Companion, the first one-volume encyclopaedia devoted to all aspects of t. .

Robert James Leslie Halliwell (23 February 1929 – 21 January 1989) was a British film critic, encyclopaedist and television impresario who in 1965 compiled The Filmgoer's Companion, the first one-volume encyclopaedia devoted to all aspects of the cinema. He followed it a dozen years later with Halliwell's Film Guide, another monumental work of effort and devotion.

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The Guide was suffused with the personality – and prejudices – of its creator, Bolton-born Leslie Halliwell, a man of unparalleled film knowledge, who for over fifty years was the cinema’s biggest fan, and its harshest critic.

This companion is full of biographical profiles of film actors and actresses, directors, producers, editors and other key personnel, as well as notes on the major studios, foreign cinema, cinematic themes and definitions of technical terms. This edition also contains a history of the cinema from 1894 to 1995, lists of Oscar winners and nominations through the years and details of all the major film festival awards, as well as over 1000 new entries on the famous - and not so famous - names in the film industry.

I have been following Halliwell for years, through a series of different editions. There is no reference like it. It is reasonably complete, at least with respect to English and American films (I have found over the years only a few omissions). And you get not only the basic information (cast, credits, running time, date), but also often a useful rating and a few opinions from reviewers or others -- either contemporaneous or later. Highly recommended.
Snapshot reviews of movies on TV and Cable. Well done! You will enjoy this book
A fabulous resource
"Halliwell's Film & Video Guide" has always been my favorite guide to films since the first edition came out many years ago. The first thing I noticed about Halliwell was that he used the entire 4-star scale in a consistent way. Most other film guides, while they purport to rate movies on a scale of 0 to 4 stars, really just use 2.5 to 4. It takes some getting used to, but once you see the value in his system (if you give it enough time), the pay-off is worthwhile.
After Halliwell died, John Walker took over. He almost immediately 'updated' many of Halliwell's ratings (e.g., "Persona," which used to rank a 2-star rating, was upgraded to 4-stars). I agree with most of Walkers updates, though he has a slight tendency to over-rate.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable, incredibly well-researched book. Worth every penny. But stay with it -- it's a goldmine if you take the time to delve in. Judging by some of the other reviews I've read here, many people gave up (perhaps too soon).
I can hardly believe it, but someone can write worse reviews than those in Maltin's Guide. However this is not the worst Film Guide on the market. That prestigious title still belongs to Leonard Maltin, because unlike his Film Guide that is riddled with factual errors, Halliwell's is probably the best researched guide out there. All Oscar Awards and nominations plus Bafta Awards are carefully charted, there are often details on the films' budgets, stars' saleries and memerable quotes. However these are all sunk by the appalling style comments that accomanyn the entries. "Brief and to the point", is how the introduction describes them. I'll say. Sometimes all they have to say about a film is as little as two or three words. "Effectively suspenseful" was all that was written about "Dead Calm". It is impossible, as this guide is living proof to write a fair, well rounded review on any film, no matter how good or bad it is. One gets the impression that these are very old school style reviews. They review the films on how they are made, rather than how entertaining they are. There is also little sense of the viscereal. Reviews are almost entirely based on superfical qualties rather than how they appeal to one's inner self, which accounts for such films like "Contact", "Legends of the Fall" and "Blade Runner" getting less credit than they truly deserve. The star system is one of the worse around. Whilest the rest of us rate films from 0 or 1 to five this one goes from 0 to four, often making them far to extreme. The way they are worked out is hopelessly inappropriate as well. Since when was any film the subject of "a totally routine production", which is what 0 stars mean. Very misleading, leaving you to ponder whether a film is worth watching or not. The impersonality of this guide is perfectly illustrated by the authors introduction being a general ramble about DVDs, rather than what makes a good film to him. And where are all the censors' ratings...
If you get an edition of "Halliwell's Film and Video Guide," be sure to get one of those published while the late Mr. Halliwell still walked the earth. While John Walker may be able to give the impression that he's channeling the master, it's preferable to simply have the original at his acerbic best.
The Halliwell worldview is summed up perfectly in "The Decline and Fall of the Movie," the essay that always ended each of his editions. It's the lament of a buff who came of age in the 1930s and '40s, one who never even came to grips with the wide screen, let alone the profanity, extreme violence and other elements that had crept into film by the early 1970s.
Halliwell took the position that, by and large, filmmakers in the latter part of the 20th century either made pretentious rubbish that catered to small, elite audiences, or addle-minded schlock that was intended to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
This isn't to say that he didn't give high ratings to certain films of the '70s and '80s, such "The Towering Inferno," "Taxi Driver," "E.T." or "Gandhi" (three asterisks to each of these), but that overall, his opinions of the output of this era are negative.
The format of each entry is easy to read, beginning with title, a rating from zero to four asterisks, production year, country of origin, running time, studio, color and/or widescreen process, and producer. After the plot summary and review, credits for writing, direction, photography, music and production design are listed, and then the actors. Contributions Halliwell deems particularly noteworthy are denoted by italics.
After perhaps a series of quotes from other critics, Academy Awards and nominations are listed.
As another reviewer noted, you'd do well to adjust the Halliwell scale one asterisk upward by most other critical standards, so that one asterisk is at least two on another critic's scale, two asterisks are equal to three, and so on.
For me, after all the smoke of Halliwell's biases have cleared, a remarkable number of his thousands of reviews are right on the money, especially when the asterisk ratings are adjusted. The reviews are very short, and the critic is sometimes straitjacketed by the need to be so brief.
But also worth noting are the quotes he chooses from other reviews. Sometimes these are in line with his own view; sometimes they are completely opposite. Much of the time, they add to his own conclusions by pointing out issues that he has not otherwise commented on.
His review of one of my personal favorites, "Spartacus," which he gives two asterisks, goes thus: "Long, well-made, downbeat epic with deeper than usual characterization and several bravura sequences."
He then italicizes the contributions of director Stanley Kubrick and cinematographer Russell Metty (the latter won an Oscar). So far, it's hard to see why he wouldn't give the film three asterisks. But then we see that none of the actors' names are italicized. He then lists other quotes. Critic Anne Grayson comments on the film's "lack of imagination." Stanley Kauffman is quoted as calling it "a first-rate circus." Alan Dent says the viewer "comes away feeeling revolted and not at all ennobled."
So somehow, Halliwell is saying the film is very well-assembled as a spectacle, but lacks a dimension that would make it inspiring. I think he's asking too much of the movie, but I don't deny most of what he's saying. Adjust the asterisk rating, and you have a pretty cohesive review.
All in all, "Halliwell's Film and Video Guide" is too terse to be used all by itself, as good as it is. It's best taken as a complement to other guides, such as Leonard Maltin's, and compilations of longer reviews by Pauline Kael, Roger Ebert, Stanley Kauffman and others. For British film criticism every bit as tough as Halliwell's, but more detailed, try the "Time Out Film Guide."