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A must have for fans of the genre...Table of Contents included 24 octobre 2013
Par John Smith - Publié sur Amazon.com
I had to order this through Amazon UK, because it's not available here (at least not yet). The price will be about $30, depending on the exchange rate. The shipping is where my wallet really took a hit; I paid extra for the quickest option. All together, I paid $63 for this book, and in my opinion it was worth every penny. (EDIT, Nov. 24: I see that there is now a new copy listed here on Amazon, for $17.59. Damn! I'm still glad I bought mine, but it would've been nice to buy it for almost $40 cheaper. Oh, well.) This is a magnificent paperback, with excellent typesetting, well bound and printed on quality glossy paper. Along with the well-reproduced movie stills, posters, and artwork, you'll receive an interesting education. What exactly is Gothic? What is its history and influence on literature and film? What are the elements that make a piece Gothic? You'll get answers to these questions in an easily read format. The essays are entertaining and informative, and many of the films that were mentioned I'd never heard of before. This is a companion volume for the British Film Institute's festival of the same name, which is taking place at this very moment (Aug 2013-Jan 2014). I'll let the book speak for itself. This is from the back cover:

'Gothic-The Dark Heart of Film' explores the shadowy world of Gothic cinema and television-a haunted place stalked by vampires and werewolves, ghosts and tormented monsters, mad scientists and the living dead, brooding Princes of Darkness and imperiled heroines...Through a range of lavishly illustrated new essays, written by some of the foremost authorities in the field, 'Gothic-The Dark Heart of Film' reveals how the archetypes of Gothic horror and romance have endured, reflecting our deepest fears back at us. It charts the story of how the Gothic found its dark heart in Britain, and came to life on film across the world, from its origins in the silent era, through the Universal horrors of the 1930s, the rise of Hammer in the 1950s, and many other twilight stops on its path to the present.

Contents are as follows:

Foreword (by Sir Christopher Frayling)

Part I: Monstrous
The Vampire (by Anne Billson)
The Female Vampire (by Kim Newman)
TV Vampires (by Stacey Abbott)
Costuming Vampires (by Catherine Spooner)
The British Influence (by Barry Forshaw)
The Tormented (by Jonathan Rigby)
The Werewolf (by Glen Duncan)
The Gothic Anthology Film (by Mark Gatiss)
The Gothic and Comedy (by Reece Shearsmith)
The Living Dead (by Roger Lockhurst)
Gore and Gothic (by James Blackford)
Theatres of War (by Matthew Sweet)

Part II: The Dark Arts
Black Magic (by Richard Kelley)
Mario Bava and the Italian Gothic (by Tim Lucas)
Mad Science (by Mark Kermode & Sir Christopher Frayling)
Villa Diodate (by Stephen Volk)
The Avant Garde Gothic (by William Fowler)
Central and Eastern Europe Gothic (by Michael Brooke)
Waking Nightmares (by Ramsey Campbell)
In Silent Film No One Can Hear You Scream (by Bryony Dixon)
Gothic Art's Cinematic Legacies (by Martin Myrone)

Part III: Haunted
Spectres of the Past (by Roger Clarke)
Tellers of Tales (by Lisa Kerrigan)
A Message from the Other Side (by Simon McCallum)
Japanese Gothic (by Jasper Sharp)
The Old Dark House (by Kim Newman)
The Original Gothics (by David Punter)
The Architecture of Gothic Cinema (by Claire Smith)
Children of the Night (by Guillermo del Toro)
Children's Gothic Television (by Helen Wheatley)
Children and the Gothic (by Charlie Higson)
Haunted Landscapes (by James Bell)
Southern Gothic (by Michael Atkinson)
British Folk Gothic (by Rob Young)

Part IV: Love is a Devil
Princes of Darkness (by David Pirie)
Gothic Slashers (by Nick Pinkerton)
Kings of Horror (by Vic Pratt)
Daughters of Darkness (by Victoria Nelson)
Qu-er Gothic (by Brian Robinson)
Scream Queens & Vampire Lovers (by Josephine Botting)
Tainted Love (by Helen Oyeyemi)
La Belle et la Bete (by Marina Warner)
Family Gothic (by Geoffrey O'Brien)

Credits/Acknowledgements (this includes a VERY short bio of each contributor)
Timeline of the Gothic (short, one page list of significant events in Gothic/horror literature and film)

As I mentioned before, you will pay a hefty price for this book; but I've never minded shelling out cash for quality items that I like, and "Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film" delivered in spades. I really enjoyed this volume, and recommend it.
A beautifully illustrated collection of essays 11 mars 2014
Par Elizabeth-Jane Baldry - Publié sur Amazon.com
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What a fabulous book - intelligently laid out and packed full of fascinating essays by an impressive list of contributors.
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