The Cinema of George A. Romero: Knight of the Living Dead [NOOK Book]

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The Cinema of George A. Romero: Knight of the Living Dead is the first in-depth study in English of the career of this foremost auteur working at the margins of the Hollywood mainstream. Placing Romero's oeuvre in the context of literary naturalism, the book explores the relevance of the director's films within American cultural traditions and thus explains the potency of such work beyond 'splatter movie' models. The author explores the roots of naturalism in the work of Emile Zola and traces this through to the ...
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The Cinema of George A. Romero: Knight of the Living Dead

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Overview

The Cinema of George A. Romero: Knight of the Living Dead is the first in-depth study in English of the career of this foremost auteur working at the margins of the Hollywood mainstream. Placing Romero's oeuvre in the context of literary naturalism, the book explores the relevance of the director's films within American cultural traditions and thus explains the potency of such work beyond 'splatter movie' models. The author explores the roots of naturalism in the work of Emile Zola and traces this through to the EC Comics of the 1950s and on to the work of Stephen King. In so doing, the book illuminates the importance of seminal Romero texts such as Night of the Living Dead (1968), Creepshow (1982), Monkey Shines (1988), The Dark Half (1992) and Bruiser (2000).
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Editorial Reviews

Film Quarterly - Jim Hemphill

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.

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

Film Quarterly

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231850308
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Series: Directors' Cuts
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 999 KB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 A Director and his Traditions 4
2 Night of the Living Dead 21
3 There's Always Vanilla 33
4 Jack's Wife 47
5 The Crazies 59
6 Martin 74
7 Dawn of the Dead 84
8 Knightriders 99
9 Creepshow 114
10 Day of the Dead 128
11 Monkey Shines 141
12 One Evil Eye and The Dark Half 156
Conclusion 171
App. 1 The Romero Screenplays and Teleplays 178
App. 2: Chronology 187
Notes 190
Filmography 202
Bibliography 208
Index 212
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