- 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
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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. (Science Fiction Film and Television)
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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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. I regularly read about such films on various websites and, sadly, seldom find anyone well-versed in the genres discussed, offering only opinion and sarcasm, and possibly a rating system that's comprised of how many naked babes are exposed (but I'm not too critical of such things, either - I hate cinema snobs, and there's no such thing as too much nudity in a psychotronic sunspot, now is there?), or praise wretched films solely because they get free promo copies from the distributers in exchange for a decent plug. So this is a breath of fresh air - you gain additional insight about genres you appreciate (even those you're possibly reluctant to tell your friends about), directors you personally revere that no one in your circle has ever heard of, get exposed to a few names and films you may be unfamiliar with, have a few opinions validated by someone likely smarter than yourself, and scream blindly at the pages when an author trashes or slanders a film or director you're enamored with. Ain't life grand?
All serious aficionados of arthouse, grindhouse, exploitation, gaillo, foreign film, Eurocult and Eurohorror, experimental and avant-garde films should have these two volumes in their libraries; but if a fairly hefty pricetag means you only grasp at one, make it 'Cinema Inferno' - it'll scorch your brain without leaving you burnt and charred. Five smoldering stars.