The Charm of Evil: The Life and Films of Terence Fisher

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9780810823754: The Charm of Evil: The Life and Films of Terence Fisher

Terence Fisher was the director who brought the modern Gothic horror film to life in the second half of the twentieth century. As director John Carpenter (Halloween) notes in his introduction to the volume, "to see [Fisher's] films now...is to witness a focused and coherent world-view emerging from the Gothic horror formula...Terence Fisher and The Curse of Frankenstein was the beginning of it all for the modern horror film..." But Fisher's career is much more than the Hammer horror films. He worked in every conceivable genre and left his stamp on every aspect of the medium. In this book, the first full-length study of Fisher in English, Wheeler Dixon discusses in detail Fisher's entire work as a director.

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About the Author:

Wheeler Winston Dixon is the James Ryan Professor of Film Studies, Coordinator of the Film Studies Program, Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and, with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, editor of the new book series Quick Takes: Movies and Popular Culture for Rutgers University Press.

His recent books include Black & White Cinema: A Short History (2015); Streaming: Movies, Media and Instant Access (2013); Death of the Moguls: The End of Classical Hollywood (2012); 21st Century Hollywood: Movies in the Era of Transformation (2011, co-authored with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster); A History of Horror (2010); and Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia (2009).

Dixon's book A Short History of Film (2008, co-authored with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster) was reprinted six times through 2012. A second, revised edition was published in 2013; the book is a required text in universities throughout the world.

Review:

...performs the significant service of evaluating Fisher's early, hard-to-see work, and some of its insights...have a vivid ring of truth. (Video Watchdog)

...a wonderful study... (The Big Reel)

Recommended for most film study collections with an interest in horror. (Library Journal)

...totally fascinating...the critical findings of such research are illuminating and carefully thought out...For any horror movie fan...this volume is a must-have. (Midnight Marquee)

Dixon is a real expert on film techniques and conducted valuable interviews with Fisher's widow and many of his colleagues. (Sfra Newsletter)

This book is a must for all Hammer film fans, and of course, all Terence Fisher fans...rich with interviews, background information and great photos...Don't miss this one...should be required reading. (Behind The Screams)

Dixon has done his work very well indeed. The research is flawless...a welcome and valuable resource... (Entertainment Magazine)

Dixon's in-depth research is evident throughout this work...a must... (Movie Collectors World)

...makes a good case for searching for copies of lesser-known titles... (Psychotronic)

...excellent career biography... (Film Review Annual [Uk])

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Editore: Scarecrow Press (1991)
ISBN 10: 0810823756 ISBN 13: 9780810823754
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Descrizione libro Scarecrow Press, 1991. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110810823756

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