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CMF Instructor Murray Leeder releases new book

Submitted by haley.molyneux on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 11:30am

Cinematic Ghosts: Haunting and Spectrality from Silent Cinema to the Digital Era was born out of a desire to forge links between various scholars working on ghost films in a number of different eras, countries (including the US, UK, China, Japan and Thailand) and genres (horror, comedy, romance and the art film). Featuring essays from established scholars like Tom Gunning, Mark Jancovich and Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano, it is the first collection of its kind.

In 1896, Maxim Gorky declared cinema "the Kingdom of Shadows." In its silent, ashen-grey world, he saw a land of spectral, and ever since then cinema has had a special relationship with the haunted and the ghostly. Cinematic Ghosts is the first collection devoted to this subject, including fourteen new essays, dedicated to exploring the many permutations of the movies' phantoms.

Cinematic Ghosts contains essays revisiting some classic ghost films within the genres of horror (The Haunting, 1963), romance (Portrait of Jennie, 1948), comedy (Beetlejuice, 1988) and the art film (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, 2010), as well as essays dealing with a number of films from around the world, from Sweden to China. Cinematic Ghosts traces the archetype of the cinematic ghost from the silent era until today, offering analyses from a range of historical, aesthetic and theoretical dimensions. - See more at: