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Prehistoric Humans in Film and Television: 581 Dramas, Comedies and Documentaries, 1905–2004

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"Caveman" movies and shows are part of our film and television heritage. Their documentation is appreciated. -- American Reference Books Annual 2007<br /><br />A great reference ... fun to read. -- Prehistoric Fiction (Trussel.com)<br /><br />Definitive survey --Ruddick, Nicholas, The Fire in the Stone : Prehistoric Fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M. Auel<br /><br />Delivers the goods ... a useful, well documented, organized and annotated reference tool. -- SF Site, Mid-Sept. 2006<br /><br />Exhaustive ... detailed ... numerous photos and mountains of information -- Prehistoric Times (April-May 2006)<br /><br />More fun than a barrel of apemen. -- Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Jan. 22, 2008<br /><br />Seems to have peered into every cave ... Comprehensive -- Counterpoise, Winter 2007<br /><br />Substantial ... a remarkable achievement and an essential reference for all but the smallest college library ... detailed and frequently entertaining -- SFRA Review (Science Fiction Research Association, April-June 2006)<br /><br />Wide-ranging, richly annotated guide ... incisive ... physical anthropologists as well as scholars of sf may find this guide useful -- Science Fiction Studies, Nov. 2006<br /><br />You'll find everything here ... exhaustive ... an excellent companion volume to Mark Berry's Dinosaur Filmography ... buy them both! --Scary Monsters, Jan. 9, 2008

"Definitive." --Nicholas Ruddick, author of The Fire in the Stone

About the Author

A resident of Little Rock, Arkansas, Michael Klossner is a librarian at Arkansas State Library. He is a contributor to Anatomy of Wonder (1995) and Fantasy and Horror (2000).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (January 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786422157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786422159
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Mark Berry on July 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
It would be wonderful if all genre film references were as well-written and enjoyable as Prehistoric Humans in Film and Television, by Michael Klossner.

Some of the earliest "genre films" ever made dealt with prehistoric people, or "cavemen" as they're often called. Cinema pioneer D. W. Griffith filmed Man's Genesis way back in 1912, with 16-year-old Mae Marsh as the sought-after cavegirl. Special effects legend Willis O'Brien, who would go on to bring King Kong to life, honed his stop-motion skills on a series of one-reel animated caveman comedies that he created for the Edison Company from 1915 to 1917. And many of the biggest comedy stars of the time, including Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, and Buster Keaton, played comic cave-dwellers before the silent film era came to a close. So the caveman genre has been with us almost as long as movies themselves, but until recently there has been no single source where one could find information on all of these films. That situation happily changed with the release of Klossner's very thorough book.

Thankfully, Klossner doesn't look down on a film just because it's not "scientifically accurate." This even-handed approach allows him to praise Peter Elliott's nuanced performance as the title character in the stark drama, Missing Link, while applauding with equal gusto Gregg Martell's marvelous turn as the flummoxed Neanderthal in the lighthearted romp, Dinosaurus!. He can discuss a bikinis-and-dinosaurs epic such as When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth with the same fairness as he applies to a gritty, serious tale like Quest for Fire. Comedies or dramas, fantasies or documentaries, aimed at kids or meant for grownups ... everyone and every film is examined in the context of its own aims and ambitions.
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