The Phantom Empire by Geoffrey O'Brien

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The invention of moving pictures has been one of the most powerful shapers of the unique consciousness of the modern age. This text attempts to explain the peculiar (and now universal) state of thought and feeling that has resulted. It examines what the viewer absorbs from the endlessly multiplying scenes of old silent films, classic movies with their "immortal" stars and such mutating genres as German westerns, Italian spy movies and Japanese vampire movies.

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O'Brien is Editor-in-Chief of the Library of America.
Published October 1, 1993 by W W Norton & Co Inc. 224 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Like Michael Wood and David Thomson, O'Brien is convinced that he can generalize from his own experience of films (which seems heavier on German silents and Italian splatter flicks than on, say, Renoir's French films or anything since 1980) to a sense of ``The Movies.'' Substituting a challenging...

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