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Cinema Inferno: Celluloid Explosions from the Cultural Margins

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In fact, inclusivity is one of the hallmarks of both this collection and its companion volume

The solicitation of material from both inside and outside of established film scholarship allows the editors to select work from authors who are the most knowledgeable about their subjects, regardless of previous experience or recognition.

Weiner and Cline have set the bar for a thoughtful exploration of films all too easily written off or devalued by even the most ‘objective’ critics, and their work should be seen as the high point of transgressive scholarship.
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About the Author

Robert G. Weiner is associate humanities librarian at Texas Tech University where he is the librarian for film studies. He is the author of Marvel Graphic Novels: An Annotated Guide 1965-2005 and editor of Captain America and the Struggle of the Superhero: Critical Essays (2009).

John Cline is co-chair for the Transgressive/Exploitation film area for the Southwestern Popular Culture Association.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (July 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810876566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810876569
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 4-Legged Defender on September 21, 2012
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[CINEMA INFERNO (Celluloid Explosions from the Cultural Margins) - edited by Robert G. Weiner and John Cline - 2010 Scarecrow Press - 396 pages] An even superior effort to their previous volume, 'From the Arthouse to the Grindhouse' (read my review), this companion piece addresses different areas of transgressive cinema and its filmmakers by providing a collection of essays that explore genres of paracinema even a jaded warhorse like myself wasn't too familiar with, and that's why it's essential, and by incorporating authors outside the usual hyper-intellectualized academia, whose tone is typically bland and self-aggrandizing, invites a wider audience to what should be mandatory reading for all lovers of non-mainstream films. Don't let this one slip below your radar...

Where else could you possibly hope to find aesthetic examinations of the likes of Guy Maddin, Pier Passolini, Melvin Van Peebles, Andy Milligan, Troma films, Michael Haneke, Nazi propaganda films, Christian "scare" movies from the 70's, Dario Argento, Ruggero Deodato, Sergio Martino, Lucio Fulci, Peter Greenaway, Asian youth exploitation flicks from the early 70's, Joe D'Amato, Joel Schumacher's '8MM', Tarantino and Rodriguez's 'Grindhouse' all under one roof? Only in the perverted blender of your wicked dreams, friends, that is until now.

Unlike the first volume, which was a bit heady in the scholarly end of the analysis of the topics, this time authors who live and work outside of academic establishments were invited to participate, making for a significantly more entertaining though no less informative and well-researched reading of essays scouring subject matter rarely mentioned, let alone explored and examined by anyone worth listening to.
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By zeke on January 20, 2013
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This book was not exactly what I was expecting but It seems interesting and I look forward to finishing it.
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