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Postby Irishman12 on Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:51 am

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SUSPIRIA

A great film analysis that went scene-by-scene dissecting what each frame meant. It also provided some throught provoking theories such as does this story take place in the real world or is it a fairy-tale? Another short book coming in at only 88 pages. I wish it would have went longer as I enjoyed this one more than the HALLOWEEN analysis I last read. Not a bad case study at all if you're a fan of the film although be warned, a lot of the text deconstructs the lighting in great depth!
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Postby RadRacing on Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:43 pm

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Just starting this. Hadn't realized it was a graphic novel before the film. Took me a minute to track down a copy (ordered one from the UK). Better be worth it!
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Postby hunterjax on Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:58 pm

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Just starting this. Hadn't realized it was a graphic novel before the film. Took me a minute to track down a copy (ordered one from the UK). Better be worth it!

it's a pretty solid GN; think it originally came out from Paradox Press in the US - they put out a ton of great stuff.
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Postby DonPiano on Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:07 pm

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SUSPIRIA

A great film analysis that went scene-by-scene dissecting what each frame meant. It also provided some throught provoking theories such as does this story take place in the real world or is it a fairy-tale? Another short book coming in at only 88 pages. I wish it would have went longer as I enjoyed this one more than the HALLOWEEN analysis I last read. Not a bad case study at all if you're a fan of the film although be warned, a lot of the text deconstructs the lighting in great depth!


Everything Alexandra Heller-Nicholas does is great. I highly recommend following her on twitter (I believe her handle is SuspiriaAlex). She also does some great audio commentaries alongside Lee Gambin. Check out the Carrie release.
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Postby Irishman12 on Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:14 pm

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Irishman12 wrote:Image

SUSPIRIA

A great film analysis that went scene-by-scene dissecting what each frame meant. It also provided some throught provoking theories such as does this story take place in the real world or is it a fairy-tale? Another short book coming in at only 88 pages. I wish it would have went longer as I enjoyed this one more than the HALLOWEEN analysis I last read. Not a bad case study at all if you're a fan of the film although be warned, a lot of the text deconstructs the lighting in great depth!


Everything Alexandra Heller-Nicholas does is great. I highly recommend following her on twitter (I believe her handle is SuspiriaAlex). She also does some great audio commentaries alongside Lee Gambin. Check out the Carrie release.


Sweet, thanks for the recommendation. The Carrie book is already on my want list, as is The Shining and Scream (REALLY looking forward to this as SCREAM is one of my favorite films of all time)! Lately I've been getting into these film study/analysis books. I've been following The Devil's Advocate series on Facebook as I've purchased two of their novels recently (HALLOWEEN and SUSPIRIA). And as I mentioned their Carrie, The Shining and Scream books are on my list. Another series I stummbled across is below, Cultographies. In addition to MS. 45, next month they're releasing an analysis of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (which I'll be purchasing), plus THE SHINING. Speaking of which...

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MS. 45

My second time reading Alexandra Heller-Nicholas' work (the above mentioned SUSPIRIA being my first) and I wasn't as impressed the second time around. I do enjoy how she sets her books up: chapter 1 deals with the groundwork for how the film got made: script, casting, locations, etc., chapter 2 deals with a scene-by-scene analysis and chapter 3 deals with the films release and legacy. With this book being so steeped in gender roles/feminism, I felt she would sometimes go off on tangents that would last a few pages before getting back on topic. Furthermore, she reference the 2014 Alamo Drafthouse Bluray/DVD release that housed a few special features. The special features were enjoyable, albeit a little thin in my opinion. Already having seen these, she referenced them a lot and as such, don't know if that's due to laziness on her part, difficulty in finding quoteable material for her book, or because the information was just that valuable. But having seen and heard these recently, I was disappointed in how much she relied on them for this book. I will give her credit however that she was able to pull material for Zoe Tamerlis Lund, which was a nice balance to the disagreements over who wrote what between her and director Abel Ferrara. For those who don't know, star Zoe Tamerlis Lund died in 1999 due to heart failure caused by drug abuse so finding interviews conducted before her death with which to pull quotes from could present a problem. Overall, not a bad book, just not as enjoyable as her first that I read but I would definitely read more of her work.
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