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Primal Screen:Story Scifi Film: History of Science Fiction Film Hardcover – 10 October 1991
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- Publisher : Little, Brown (10 October 1991)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0356202224
- ISBN-13 : 978-0356202228
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In a post IMDB age, it is arguable how useful volumes such as these are. When one can access numerous listings of 'essential Science Fiction cinema' at the click of a mouse, is there a need for such as 'The Primal Screen'? It is not a completist work - for reasons of space alone, only a relatively small (but essential) number of films are under discussion. But I would argue that for the novice or the seasoned filmgoer, this book and others like it remain crucial in the development of understanding and appreciating the SF film, and film in general. The knowledge and opinions (even if you disagree) of an erudite and witty critic will expand and enrich your own enjoyment and appreciation. Opinions are all filmgoers really have to show for hours spent in darkness staring at screens - and we must share them as often as humanly possible. Essential. Therefore - don't believe the hype. Print is not dead, literacy is the ultimate app, and is free software, residing in that ultimate grey matter gadget of gadgets encased inside your skull.
The book is divided into broad chapters - over views of film by decade, subject matter and so on. Brosnan is of the view that true Science Fiction has rarely received decent treatment from Hollywood, and he's right. He is no curmudgeon, though, effusive in his praise of deserving greats such as 'Aliens', while retaining a grip on reality rarely found in rabid fandom. In short, this is an essential summation of the history of science fiction cinema from one of the genres most intelligent and insightful commentators. Get it!