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Filmish: A Graphic Journey Through Film (2015)

by Edward Ross

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Subtitled “A Graphic Journey through Film”, Filmish is a non-fiction work told in a black and white comic book format. But it’s not just a straight forward history of film, and rather than simply going through films chronologically, the book is split into several chapters each exploring a different topic. Ross manages to go into a reasonable amount of depth for the short amount of space he has for each subject, and he’s clearly passionate about film. The book doesn’t just talk about film genres and styles but goes into more serious film theory territory, talking about the viewers’ relationship with films, how they can manipulate the way we see things, the relationship between film and technology (and technophobia) and many other topics. He regularly quotes other sources, often scholarly works, and everything is fully sourced. The art work is very well done, and it’s fun just spotting all the different films referenced in the images, though as with the quotes, everything is sourced in the extensive notes at the back. There’s nothing especially new for people who are already familiar with the topics covered, but it’s an excellent and wide ranging overview for anyone with an interest in film. ( )
  valkyrdeath | Jan 11, 2016 |
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If you watched my life in flashback, you'd see I've always been in love with film.
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"In Filmish, cartoonist Edward Ross takes us on an exhilarating ride through the history of cinema, using comics to uncover the magic and mechanics behind our favorite movies. Exploring everything from censorship to set design, Ross spotlights the films and film-makers that embody this provocative and inventive medium, from the pioneers of early cinema to the innovators shaping the movies of today, from A Trip to the Moon to Inception and beyond"--Page 4 of cover.… (more)

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