Addicted: The Myth and Menace of Drugs in Film

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Creation Books, 2000 - Performing Arts - 272 pages
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From Thomas Edison's 1894 kinescope production Opium Joint to 1930's exploitation pictures like Narcotic and Reefer Madness, to 1960's screen psychedelia (Psych-Out, The Trip) and right through to the controversial Trainspotting, Addicted presents ans illustrated guide to the history of drugs and drug addiction in the cinema.

Investigating sub-genres such as Blaxploitation, SF/Horror and the Underground, Addicted covers a wide range of the wildest movies ever made, focusing not only on bodies of drug film from different countries, but also on individual works ranging from Performance with Mick Jagger to Brian de Palma's Scarface And Terry Gilliam's Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. Addicted is a sometimes shocking, always entertaining and indispensable guide to an area of cinema which has traditionally enabled film-makers to realise their most lurid, surrealistic, or complex visions. With Dozens of eye-opening illustrations, plus a complete index of films.

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Jack Stevenson is the author of Land of a Thousand Balconies, Lars von Trier, and Addicted: The Myth & Menace of Drugs in Film. He has been published in Film Quarterly, with his texts translated into nine languages. He lives in Aller˙d, Denmark.

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