Flicker (Rediscovered Classics) [Theodore Roszak] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. From the golden age of art movies and underground. Jonathan Gates doesn’t set out to uncover the secret history of the movies – a tale of intrigue, deception and death that stretches back to the fourteenth. I had very mixed feelings about Flicker. It’s a great read, with some wonderfully memorable characters and lots of interesting detail about the film world in the.

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Roszak hilariously numbers all the manneriwsms, lists all the forbidding orthodoxies of Dziga Vertov, Kracauer, Bazin, Cahiers, Cinematheque, and uses as our guide a young American male who goes to see european films for the female armpit hair. Oct 27, Chloe rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Rlszak s unavailable for purchase.

However, the thought that most eloquently sums up the feeling one is left with at the end is quoted by our protagonist himself: Such lame plottiness overtakes the book somewhere around the halfway point. The Book of Lists: It reminded why I love movies, cinemas and programming.

Roszak first came to public prominence inwith the publication of his The Making of a Counter Culture[5] vlicker chronicled and gave explanation to the European and North American counterculture rszak the s.

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We appreciate your feedback. The book is filled with crap I love to hate: Essentially, the authorial voice seems to be an old guy who maintains that the culture of his youth was insightful, poignant and significant, in contrast to Oy gevalt, this was terrible. The Paris Review Book. This page was last edited on 28 Augustat D for dreadful Recommended: The story, on the surface, is about a man, Jonathan Gates, who falls in with the art film crowd and becomes enamored with a specific filmmaker who specialized just theodire much in important artsy filmmaking as he did the sort of schlock Roger Corman and the like are known for.


The story is essentially a water-thin conglomeration of things that have appeared in modern thrillers. Jul 02, Bill Lawrence rated it it was amazing.

The story, on the surface, is about a man, Jonathan Gates, who falls in with the art film crowd and becomes enamored with a specific filmmaker who specialized just as much in important arts Sometimes a book hits all your interests all at once, and there’s really nothing else quite like it out there.

Gates and the film director he once idolised use scraps and castoffs from a waste-heap of old celluloid to splice together one final film, while they wait for Armageddon to come.

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In any event, the combination of the supernatural or the uncanny with cult theoxore is a match made in literary heaven, a concept just dying to be executed in a first-rate fashion. Volume 2 Issue 1. A quirky, sexy, sprawling novel that combines a magical mystery tour of the flicke of cinema, an acid satire on Hollywood and what passes for today’s cultural avant-garde, a metaphysical puzzle, an exploration of the psychological impact of films and a parable about the modern spiritual wasteland.

The Great Movies II. There’s sex, too, plus weirdness and the corrupting use of subliminal images.


Jonathan Gates could not have anticipated that his student studies would lead him to uncover the secret history of the movies—a tale of intrigue, deception, and death that stretches back to the 14th century. Before reading Flicker, I’d have laughed if you’d told me you found a book whose author managed to make a threesome boring.

Still, an enjoyable and easy read. Perhaps this could make for an interesting read in the hands of someone more capable; elevating this doubt around the motives of a religious cult active in the movie industry, and by extension the reliability of the narrator, to a captivating thrill ride. I tend to give 2 stars to books which are merely uninspired, and 1 star to books which are actively bad.


How disappointing, I had heard some great things about this one. Nov 05, J rated it did not like it. Just completely missing the mark with capturing any sense of a believable youth experience, it’s like a paranoid fantasy of mohawks and bad grammar.

Yet everything we learn about them could be summarised in about two pages. His tortured quest takes him from Hollywood’s Poverty Row into the shadowy lore of ancient religious heresies. Sep 23, Becca Balistreri rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: All the information he was given is negated, or highly suspicious.

Fliccker done with it. In an era like today where the “new weird” is taking hold, reading a book that would, in a lot of ways, fit right into the existing trendy oeuvre is just icing on the cake for me, as there’s just enough here to keep you on the fence as to what’s actually going on here, and the way Roszak opts to end the story is just as weird and fascinating as it is completely out of left field, and is a tactic I really appreciated.

Clunky and shockingly artless at times. The title rosak be at least 4 characters long. rkszak

Flicker by Theodore Roszak

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. It made me think that movies are not as bad as Rozsak once believed, and they might just be the end of us all.

None of this is helped by thfodore clunky dialogue that makes it impossible to believe any of these people are real.