A Night at the Movies, or, You Must Remember This

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From Hollywood B-movies to Hollywood classics, A Night at the Moviesinvents what "might have happened" in these Saturday afternoon matinees. Mad scientists, vampires, cowboys, dance-men, Chaplin, and Bogart, all flit across Robert Coover's riotously funny screen, doing things and uttering lines that are as shocking to them as they are funny to the reader. As Coover's Program announces, you will get Coming Attractions, The Weekly Serial, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, and more, but ...

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Overview

From Hollywood B-movies to Hollywood classics, A Night at the Moviesinvents what "might have happened" in these Saturday afternoon matinees. Mad scientists, vampires, cowboys, dance-men, Chaplin, and Bogart, all flit across Robert Coover's riotously funny screen, doing things and uttering lines that are as shocking to them as they are funny to the reader. As Coover's Program announces, you will get Coming Attractions, The Weekly Serial, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, and more, but turned upside-down and inside-out.

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"[A] good deal of this book is as thrilling as a striking dream." — Publishers Weekly

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Library Journal
Coover here presents a series of short, connecting fictions associated with the cinema. Thus, we are given contrivances titled ``Adventure,'' ``Comedy,'' and ``Romance,'' but they violate our expectations of these time-honored forms: ``Shootout at Gentry's Junction'' is a typical Western, but the good guys lose; in ``Charlie in the House of Rue,'' a sort of funhouse, the tricks turn nasty, even murderous; and the romance in ``You Must Remember This'' sours into sordid adultery. These longer fictions are framed by shorter ones carrying out the cinematic conceit: there are previews, shorts, cartoons, even an intermission. Coover's style is viciously witty, so that one must finally ask ``What's the point?'' A brilliant but empty tour de force, though librarians should still consider this new work by the author of the well-received Gerard's Party ( LJ 2/1/86).Susan Avallone, ``Library Journal''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564781604
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 187
  • Sales rank: 836,122
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Coover (1932- ) was born in Charles City, Iowa, and is widely regarded as one of America's most influential living writers. He graduated from Indiana University in 1955 and from the University of Chicago in 1965. His first novel, The Origin of Brunists, was published in 1966 and won the William Faulkner Award that same year. Among his other works are Pricksongs & Descants, The Public Burning, Ghost Town, and The Adventures of Lucky Pierre. Coover has served as a writer in residence at many universities and workshops, and currently teaches at Brown University.
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