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In Glorious Technicolor A Century of Film and How it has Shaped U By Francine Stock

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Film is a communal dream, in which our fears and fantasies are revealed, often to startling effect. It has influenced our behaviour in small but significant ways. This title takes us on a journey through a glorious century of cinema, showing how film both reflects and makes our world.

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In Glorious Technicolor A Century of Film and How it has Shaped U by Francine Stock

At the end of the nineteenth century, audiences were enthralled by the flickering image of an oncoming train in a Lumiere Brothers' short film; more than a hundred years later the immersive fantasy of Avatar enveloped audiences around the globe. Film is a communal dream, in which our fears and fantasies are revealed, often to startling effect. It has influenced our behaviour in small but significant ways, from the widespread abandonment of vests after Clark Gable's example in "It Happened One Night" to gangsters holding their weapons at movie-cool angles, improving their image but not their aim. It has intertwined with politics, helping to forge national identity, galvanise against a wartime enemy or warn of social upheaval via horror or science fiction. It has burrowed deep into our psyche, changing perceptions of history and memory - one study showed soldiers' recall may sometimes owe more to war films than actual experience. It has even raised romantic expectations that for us, too, 'the one' will arrive for that big clinch in the final reel. Despite decades of rapid change, we are still hypnotised and seduced by the power of cinema; it remains our most persuasive mass entertainment. In this fascinating, entertaining and illuminating book Francine Stock takes us on a personal journey through a glorious century of cinema, showing in vivid detail how film both reflects and makes our world.

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"Stock's prose vaults gracefully between reference points... Her analyses here are impressively fluent and insightful" -- Hannah McGill Scotsman "As a guide to one hundred years of cinema, Francine Stock certainly has the credentials... An informative, easy read" -- Jeff Dawson Sunday Times "There is much to enjoy in this book" -- Philip French Observer "It's smoothly written and Stock clearly knows her onions" -- David Jenkins Time Out

About Francine Stock


Francine Stock has presented radio and television programmes on current affairs and the arts from BBC 2's Newsnight to Radio 4's Front Row. Since 2004, she has presented The Film Programme. She has also published two novels, A Foreign Country and Man-Made Fibre.

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GOR010686663
In Glorious Technicolor A Century of Film and How it has Shaped U by Francine Stock
Francine Stock
Used - Like New
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
2011-10-06
352
0701183950
9780701183950
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.