Filmmaker Morris Engel cannot be blamed if he quotes the Mark Twain aphorism, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” after consulting Harper Collins’ “The Film Encyclopedia.”
The first printing of the encyclopedia’s upcoming third edition states that the renowned photographer and filmmaker died in 1986, even though Engel is alive and recently completed an 80-minute video titled “Camellia.”
Along with collaborators Ruth Orkin and Ray Ashley, Engel made the classic film “The Little Fugitive,” which the Library of Congress placed in the National Film Registry last year.
HarperCollins said in a statement that the error about Engels will be corrected for future printings of the encyclopedia. Engels could not be reached for com-ment.