The Cinema of George A. Romero: Knight of the Living Dead

The Cinema of George A. Romero: Knight of the Living Dead

by Tony Williams
     
 

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In this comprehensive portrait of horror's definitive director, Tony Williams ties George A. Romero's films to the development of literary naturalism and American culture, expanding the artist's creative footprint beyond his mastery of the "splatter movie" genre. Williams locates Romero's influences in the work of Emile Zola, the Entertainment Comics of the 1950s,

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In this comprehensive portrait of horror's definitive director, Tony Williams ties George A. Romero's films to the development of literary naturalism and American culture, expanding the artist's creative footprint beyond his mastery of the "splatter movie" genre. Williams locates Romero's influences in the work of Emile Zola, the Entertainment Comics of the 1950s, and the novels of Stephen King, revealing the interdisciplinary depth of his seminal films Night of the Living Dead (1968), Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines (1988), and The Dark Half (1992). For this second edition, Williams reads Romero's Bruiser (2000) against his more recent Land of the Dead (2005) and takes a fresh look at Diary of the Dead (2007) and Survival of the Dead (2009), two overlooked films that feature Romero's greatest achievements yet.

Editorial Reviews

Film Quarterly
One can look to Tony Williams' indispensable book for an abundance of enlightening observations about this important American director.

New York Times
[A] fascinating book.

Film Quarterly - Jim Hemphill
One can look to Tony Williams' indispensable book for an abundance of enlightening observations about this important American director.

Robin Wood
This thorough, searching and always intelligent overview does full justice to Romero's 'Living Dead' trilogy and also at last rectifies the critical neglect of Romero's other work, fully establishing its complexity and cohesion.

Xavier Mendik
The definitive account of this horror movie master which combines a detailed examination of the director's production career and literary influences with fascinating observations on the wider cultural and social issues in Romero's work...Set to become a must read for critical reader and horror film fan alike

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231173551
Publisher:
Wallflower Press
Publication date:
04/14/2015
Series:
Directors' Cuts Series
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,309,543
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Tony Williams is professor and Area Head of Film Studies at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He has published widely in the areas of horror and American independent cinema, including the book Hearths of Darkness: The Family in the American Horror Film.

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