Castaways of the Image Planet
By (author) Geoffrey O'Brien
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Castaways of the Image Planet by Geoffrey O'Brien
Book DescriptionSixteen 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 DetailsISBN: 9781582431901
(243mm x 163mm x 23mm)
Publish Date: 9-May-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Geoffrey O'Brien
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, Hardback (November 2012)
Ten years in the making, the eighteenth edition of the longest-lived and bestselling collection of quotations in history introduces hundreds of new quotations from writers all over the world.
Bartlett's Poems for Occasions, Hardback (September 2004)
This title offers a collection of the world's greatest poems, organised for every occasion, public and private, from birth to death and everything in between.
Browser's Ecstasy, Paperback (March 2003)
A prose poem about reading, this is a playful, epigrammatic nocturne upon the dream-state one falls into when "lost in a book," and the uncanny, trance-like pleasure of making silent marks on paper utter sounds inside one's head.
Dream Time, Paperback (May 2002)» View all books by Geoffrey O'Brien
A mix of memoir, novel and cultural history, this work looks at sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll in the American 1960s. It conveys the impact of the late 60s counterculture and the ways in which the psychedelic and countercultural currents of the era played themselves out in younger lives.
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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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