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Withnail and us : cult films and film cults in British cinema /
Justin Smith
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London ; New York : I.B. Tauris : Distributed in the United States and Canada exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
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xiv, 256 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
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1848850921 (pbk.), 9781848850927 (pbk.)
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London ; New York : I.B. Tauris : Distributed in the United States and Canada exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
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1848850921 (pbk.)
9781848850927 (pbk.)
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7119394
 
Includes bibliographical references, filmography and index
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Justin Smith is Principle Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Portsmouth. A cultural historian specialising in British cinema, his publications include 'Withnail's Coat: Andrea Galer's Cult Costumes', Fashion Theory, Vol. 9, No. 3 (2005), and 'The Wicker Man Digest: A web ethnography of a cult fan community in The New Film History (2007).
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Withnail and Us charts the journey of cult in culture through an exploration of British cult films and their fans. It is about our bizarre and enduring fascination with once obscure or shocking movies, from A Clockwork Orange to The Wicker Man . What is it about certain films that provokes such obsessive fan devotion? What impells people to remote locations in search of filmic relics? Why do they gather in groups to re-enact scenes learnt by heart? Is any film worth re-viewing over 100 times? From 1968 and all that, through the cultural by-ways of the 1970s, this book attempts to explain such strange practices, and to trace their origins in the makings of some remarkable films, including Tommy, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Quadrophenia, Withnail & I, Trainspotting and Performance . Prepare to enter the arena of the unwell!
Main Description
Withnail and Uscharts the journey of cult in culture through an exploration of British cult films and their fans. It is about our bizarre and enduring fascination with once obscure or shocking movies, fromA Clockwork OrangetoThe Wicker Man. What is it about certain films that provokes such obsessive fan devotion? What impells people to remote locations in search of filmic relics? Why do they gather in groups to re-enact scenes learnt by heart? Is any film worth re-viewing over 100 times? From 1968 and all that, through the cultural by-ways of the 1970s, this book attempts to explain such strange practices, and to trace their origins in the makings of some remarkable films, includingTommy, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Quadrophenia, Withnail & I, TrainspottingandPerformance. Prepare to enter the arena of the unwell!
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'Withnail and Us' charts the journey of cult in culture through an exploration of British cult films and their fans. It is about our bizarre and enduring fascination with once obscure or shocking movies, from 'A Clockwork Orange' to 'The Wicker Man'.
Main Description
'Withnail and Us' charts the journey of cult in culture through an exploration of British cult films and their fans. It is about our bizarre and enduring fascination with once obscure or shocking movies, from 'A Clockwork Orange' to 'The Wicker Man' . What is it about certain films that provokes such obsessive fan devotion? What impells people to remote locations in search of filmic relics? Why do they gather in groups to re-enact scenes learnt by heart? Is any film worth re-viewing over 100 times? From 1968 and all that, through the cultural by-ways of the 1970s, this book attempts to explain such strange practices, and to trace their origins in the makings of some remarkable films, including 'Tommy', 'The Man Who Fell To Earth', 'Quadrophenia', 'Withnail & I', 'Trainspotting' and 'Performance'. Prepare to enter the arena of the unwell!
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Cult has entered the cultural psyche in a profound and pervasive way. Cult movies, cult directors, cult actors, cult posters, cult music, cult bands, cult albums, cult pictures, cult magazines, cult websites, cult fans there is no corner of popular culture beyond the potential for cult transformation. Indeed, in entering common parlance the term has effectively lost its clandestine mystique. But why? And how did we get here with cult?
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
General Editor's Introductionp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)p. 11
Performance (1970)p. 37
Get Carter (1971)p. 60
A Clockwork Orange (1971)p. 63
The Wicker Man (1973)p. 87
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)p. 120
Tommy (1975)p. 123
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)p. 145
Quadrophenia (1979)p. 168
Withnail & I (1986)p. 171
Trainspotting (1996)p. 192
Conclusionp. 195
Notesp. 221
Select Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 251
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