S.S. Prawer: Caligaris Children The Film as Tale of Terror
The terror film, with puzzling, disturbing, multivalent images, often leads us into regions that are strange, disorienting, yet somehow familiar; and for all the crude and melodramatic and morally questionable forms in which we so often encounter it, it does speak of something true and important, and offers us encounters with hidden aspects of ourselves and our world. So writes S.S. Prawer in his concise and penetrating study of the horror film from THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI and FRANKENSTEIN to INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS and THE OMEN. After a brief history of the horror genre in film, Prawer offers detailed analyses of specific sequences from various films, such as Murnaus NOSFERATU. He discusses continuities between literary and cinematic tales, and shows waht happens when one is transformed into the other. Unpatronizing and scholarly, Prawer draws on wide range of sources in order to better situate a genre that is both enormously popular with contemporary audiences and of increasing critical importance.
A blend of impressive scholarship and a fans
enthusiasm. After a history of the horror genre, Prawer discusses
the literary and cinematics motifs and devices that generate
fear, scrupulously analyzes specific films and their
interconnecting influences, and delights as with such quotes as
the brief exposition on why SUNSET BOULEVARD is the ultimate
Los Angeles Times
A thoughtful analysis of what drives us to pay good
money to be scared out of our wits.
As befits an Oxford Professor of German Language and
Literature, Prawer is hugely persuasive and erudite when invoking
the literary originals of horror myths and showing how they are
sea-changed in the passage from page to screen.
The Financial Times
S.S. Prawer is Taylor Professor of German Language and Literature at Oxford University, and a fellow of the Queens College. His books includes studies of Heinrich Heine and Karl Marx.
Da Capo Press ISBN: 3-306-80347-X
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