Castaways of the Image Planet by Geoffrey O'Brien
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Castaways of the Image Planet
By Geoffrey O'Brien

Castaways of the Image Planet

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Castaways of the Image Planet by Geoffrey O'Brien

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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781582431901
ISBN-10: 1582431906
Format: Hardback
(243mm x 163mm x 23mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Counterpoint
Publisher: Counterpoint
Publish Date: 9-May-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Geoffrey O'Brien

Geoffrey O'Brien is the author of Floating City: Selected Poems 1978-1995, The Phantom Empire, Dream Time, and other books. Executive editor of The Library of America, he also edited The Reader's Catalog.

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