By Theodore Roszak,

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From the golden age of art movies and underground cinema to X-rated porn, splatter films, and midnight movies, this breathtaking thriller is a tour de force of cinematic fact and fantasy, full of metaphysical mysteries that will haunt the dreams of every moviegoer. Jonathan Gates could not have anticipated that…

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A spellbinding mystery wrapped in an outlandish Hollywood history, Flicker was written by an author who obviously knows movie culture.

Allusions to films and filmmakers abound in the book, and readers will delight in teasing out the references, especially to the devastating portrait of the influential critic Pauline Kael. The book’s engaging play with movie history is similar to Wiseman’s frequent cinematic references, such as shots that invoke the western and John Ford in the opening of Meat and the sly references in Basic Training to such Sad Sack service comedies as Chaplin’s Shoulder Arms and Abbott and Costello’s Buck…

I picked this up by accident in a beach hotel I was staying and I’m so glad I did. Written in the 1970s, it is a precursor to, and far better than, The Da Vinci Code and the library of conspiracy novels that followed. It tells the story of an obscure Cathar sect, taking in the history and role of film and the movies in the twentieth century. You’ll never be able to look at a horror movie in the same way again. 

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