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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1582431906
ISBN-13: 9781582431901
Sku: 30940055
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 1T
Pages:  272
Age Range:  NA
From the Publisher:
Sixteen years of film criticism from one of America's leading cultural critics. Castaways of the Image Planet collects sixteen years' worth of Geoffrey O'Brien's essays on film and popular culture, most originally published in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Film Comment, Filmmaker, and the New York Times. The topics range from the invention of cinema to contemporary F-X aesthetics; from Shakespeare films to "Seinfeld"; from '30's screwball comedies to Hong Kong martial-arts movies; from the roots of sexploitation pictures to the televising of Bill Clinton's grand jury testimony. There is an emphasis on the unpredictable interactions between film as a medium apt for expressing the most private dreams and film as the mass literature of the modern world, subject to all the pressures of financing and marketing. Many of the pieces are profiles of individual directors or actors--Orson Welles, Michael Powell, Ed Wood, Marlon Brando, Alfred Hitchcock, Dana Andrews, The Marx Brothers, Bing Crosby--whose careers are probed to look for the point where private obsession meets public myth-making.
O'Brien regards a variety of topics, including SEINFELD, Hong Kong martial-arts flicks, and the invention of the motion picture, in this collection of his essays that were initially published in such venues as Film Comment, the New Republic, and the New York Review of Books.


Village Voice
"If the silver screen is our gilded prison, you couldn't ask for a better cell mate than O'Brien, critic, poet, and editor in chief of the Library of America. Fluent in the private rituals and synesthetic associations of a lifetime spent at the movies, he knows equally well the toll of enslavement and the thrill of surrender." - Dennis Lim 07/10/2002

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0272
Product attributePublisher:   Counterpoint LLC
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