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Back to the Future (BFI Film Classics) Paperback – August 17, 2010
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About the Author
ANDREW SHAIL is Lecturer in Film at Newcastle University, UK. He is the co-editor of Menstruation: A Cultural History (2005) and Neurology and Modernity (2009) and the editor of Reading the Cinematograph (2010).
ROBIN STOATE is a Doctoral Candidate in English Literature at Newcastle University, UK. He has contributed articles to the Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Literary and Cultural Theory (2010).
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Top Customer Reviews
BACK TO THE FUTURE (the book, that is) starts off pretty strong, discussing the New, New Hollywood that came after the bad boys of the 1970s who took on the studio systems and gave us movies that broke the traditional Hollywood stereotypes. These were the movies with antiheroes and ambiguous endings. Director Robert Zemeckis was at the forefront of the `New New' movement, hitching his wagon to the ever-rising star of Steven Spielberg. The book gives us some good background about the story that eventually became Back To the Future, as well as Zemeckis' rather rocky road getting there.
We also get some excellent analysis regarding blending of genres (time travel sci-fi, teenage romance, summer blockbuster), 1950s teen culture as filtered through a 1980s lens, the changing perspectives of atomic power, and even, yes, the saucy incest undertones between Marty and his mom.
Unfortunately we readers also must sit through a rather patronizing lecture about the racist aspects of the movie, with a white boy really inventing Chuck Berry's rock-and-roll and the same white boy suggesting to the black kid at the soda fountain that he should become mayor. Because, well, we all know blacks just cannot run their own lives and need whites to do this for them, or so the theory goes.Read more ›
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Wonderful inspirational book with high quality pictures. A bit too short, in my opinion. Will search for more works by the same authors.Published on October 2, 2013 by Fidelio