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The Extraordinary Image: Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and the Reimagining of Cinema

Academic journal article Afterimage

The Extraordinary Image: Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and the Reimagining of Cinema

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By Robert P. Kolker/Rutgers University Press/2016/224 pp./$27.95 (hb)

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One of the most accomplished living screenwriters, Paul Schrader, once explained that a full-length book about the most influential canonical auteurs in film history is "a well-trod road" (11). This may be true, but one of the reasons this road is so well trod is unmistakably due to the richness and polysemy of the films themselves. Observations made by informed and intelligent writers, such as Robert P. Kolker in The Extraordinary Image: Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and the Reimagining of Cinema, at best help us find new ways to appreciate that which has become too familiar in film history.

One may recall Kolker's noteworthy 1980 A Cinema of Loneliness (now in its 4th edition), a solid work that analyzes the films of the New American Cinema's most salient auteurs. That work, as well as The Extraordinary Image, both unashamedly discuss the oeuvres of select white males. But what amazing oeuvres. …

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