- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Quirk Books (October 24, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781594749896
- ISBN-13: 978-1594749896
- ASIN: 1594749892
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 12.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies Hardcover – October 24, 2017
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“Artist Andrew DeGraff has found a way to transport you directly into the terrain of your favorite films with gorgeous hand-painted maps.”—Slash Film
“[DeGraff’s] maps reveal our favorite films as dynamic, complex organisms—simultaneously aging and timeless—and give fans an imaginative new route into the films they love.”—Playboy
“This one-of-a-kind atlas is a must for both film buffs and art lovers.”—Parade
“These maps aren't drawn to scale, but what they lack in rigorous precision they more than make up for in color, clarity and crazily detailed thoroughness.”—Glen Weldon, Pop Culture Happy Hour
“An essential reference for cinephiles, fans of great films, and anyone who loves the art of mapmaking.”—Tor.com
“DeGraff infuses his array of blockbusters and pop classics with detail-oriented warmth.”—Film Comment
“A unique gift for the movie lover in your life.”—Hypable
“A treasure …[Cinemaps] will entice movie fans across generations with its visual tidbits and analytical essays.”—Geeks of Doom
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“A fun book for any movie buff this season. You can travel through all your favorite movies, from The Princess Bride to North by Northwest and anywhere in between.”—Jason Kennedy, American Booksellers Association
About the Author
Andrew DeGraff has created illustrations for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, and other national publications. His previous book, Plotted, was hailed by Slate as “beautifully illustrated . . . an innovative work of literary criticism.”
A. D. Jameson is an author and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he teaches writing and film studies.
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This is, instead, a collection of muddy, hard-to-see gouache art (sometimes done no larger than an 8x10 piece of paper). Because they were created so small with such muddy colors, the details can’t even be seen clearly when the artwork is reproduced as a whole (even when it’s actual size), which is why sections have to be enlarged to make the artwork even remotely enjoyable. The color schemes (often chosen for “artistic” reasons) are mostly to blame for washing out the details. Rather than vibrant, primary colors, a given “map” might be presented in a palette of pink, mauve, lavender, salmon, and fuchsia, washing out all detail to the point of incomprehensibility. Even the chapter titles to the wordy essays have been designed to look “artsy” to the point of being practically illegible.
The one good thing I can say about the book is that the 35 films chosen were all absolutely great choices, which is why it's too bad this is not a book for movie fans. This is a book solely for fans of Andrew DeGraff’s specifically muddy, miniscule style of sketches. Hopefully DK will come along and do a book like this properly for the rest of us to enjoy.