Mysteries of cinema : reflections on film theory, history and culture, 1982-2016

Essays. Selections
Martin, Adrian, 1959- author

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  • Creator Adrian Martin
  • Format Books
  • Publication Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, [2018] ©2018
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  • Physical Details
    • 423 pages ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9462986835, 9789462986831, 9789048538201, 9048538203
  • OCLC on1022199568


  • The essays of distinguished film critic Adrian Martin have long been difficult to access, so this anthology, which collects his work in one volume, will be welcomed throughout film studies. He offers in-depth analysis of many genres of films while providing a broad understanding of the history of cinema and the history of film criticism and culture. These vibrant, highly personal essays balance breadth across cinema theory with almost encyclopedic detail, ranging between aesthetics, cinephilia, film genre, criticism, philosophy, and cultural politics.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Machine generated contents note: pt. I Letters of Introduction -- 1.Retying the Threads -- 2.The Path and the Passeur -- 3.That Summer Feeling -- pt. II Scenographies -- 4.Scenes -- 5.Wishful Thinking -- 6.Entities and Energies -- 7.Entranced -- pt. III A Cinephile in Australia -- 8.No Flowers for the Cinephile -- pt. IV The Lyrical Impulse -- 9.Refractory Characters, Shards of Time and Space -- 10.The Trouble with Fiction -- 11.Ball of Fire -- 12.The Ever-Tested Limit -- 13.Delirious Enchantment -- pt. V Genre Games -- 14.Mr Big -- 15.Unlawful Entries -- 16.Lady, Beware -- 17.Live to Tell -- 18.In the Mood For (Something Like) Love -- 19.Shivers, Surprise and Discomfort -- pt. VI Interventions -- 20.Making a Bad Script Worse -- 21.The Offended Critic -- 22.Wild Psychoanalysis of a Vicarious, Unstable Reality -- pt. VII Envoi -- 23.No Direction Home -- 24.Farewells, Full Circles and Ellipses -- 25.My Back Pages -- 26.The File We Accompany
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