Flickers: An Illustrated Celebration of 100 Years of Cinema
Flickers An Illustrated Celebration of 100 Years of Cinema Author:Gilbert Adair Flickers shows a single image -- a movie still -- from each of cinema's first 100 years (ending at 1994) and accompanies it with a short essay on both the still itself and what the image represents in terms of cinema history. Stills are taken from films that range from 1914's The Perils of Pauline through 1931's Freaks, 1949's Stromboli, 1971's ... more »Death in Venice, and ending with 1994's Ed Wood. Includes many foreign titles.« less
I was interested in this book because I really enjoyed Adair's locked room mystery / psuedo-parody The Act of Roger Murgatroyd and I am a movie fan. But this book was pretty disappointing. Lots of near-pycho-babble and not much actual analysis of the movies being celebrated, with much of the discussion veering off towards unrelated works. I think it would be much more appreciated by a true student of cinema, but my tastes run more to DeMille than to Truffaut and maybe this is a little too cerebral for my movie-fan tastes.