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The Poe Cinema: A Critical Filmography of Theatrical Releases Based on the Works of Edgar Allan Poe Hardcover – November 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0786404537 ISBN-10: 0786404531
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Smith's second foray into horror (following Lon Chaney, Jr., McFarland, 1996) examines 81 Poe-based theatrical features released between 1908 and 1992 from 31 countries. Nontheatrical productions are not addressed, although select made-for-TV productions receive mention. Each entry includes production information, credits and cast, story synopsis, production and marketing history, and excellent multipage critiques longer than those normally found in horror guides. Good illustrations, particularly from pre-World War II films, add to the overall quality. However, as Smith limits commentary to films personally viewed, some films (e.g., D.W. Griffith's The Sealed Room) are shortchanged. In general, however, this is a fine companion volume to Ronald Smith's Poe in the Media (Garland, 1990). Recommended for all horror film collections.?Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., Houston
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"a better balanced view of Poe and film would be hard to imagine. ...all the detail one would hope to find, and often a good bit more. ...humor, style, insight, and, best of all, an obvious love for the works at hand" -- Scarlet Street

"a first rate reference book and a must for film scholars and horror fans" -- Cult Movies

"a solid reference work. ...well researched and carefully documented...dissects its subject matter from a variety of useful angles" -- Film & History

"a solid reference work...well researched and carefully documented" -- Film & History

"fans interested in the history of movie adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe will be well-served by this handy new overview. ...sound analyses" -- Fangoria

"hard to put down" -- Movie Collector’s World

"highly recommended...well researched...a gem of a book" -- Shivers

"in-depth" -- The Intelligencer Record

"in-depth" -- The Intelligencer Record

"the reader with an interest in Poe, horror films or the history of cinema will want to consult this book" -- ForeWord Magazine

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 315 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786404531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786404537
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cyberbambi123 on January 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Since 1908 there have been more than 85 films from more than 13 countries based on the work of Poe - this book covers them all. It's excellent researched and good writen - the author has viewed most of them personally. There is also a included list of poe-inspired films, poe-films by country of origin, poe titles and films adapted from them and a bibliography. In one word: a reference source book. The only negative point is perhaps the only small amount of pictures.
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