Michael Reeves

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Manchester University Press, Nov 8, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 248 pages
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Michael Reeves died at age 25 in 1969, between the end of Swinging London and the collapse of the British film industry--an apt candidate to represent all that could have been. This critical biography claims Reeves as the great, lost auteur of British cinema and traces his conception of film back to his childhood and formative experiences. Benjamin Halligan examines Reeves' films in the context of the times, citing The Sorcerers and Witchfinder General as foreshadowing and critiquing the psychedelic and revolutionary zeitgeist. Reeves's earlier work on the fringes of the freewheeling European exploitation cinema is also covered, with particularly emphasis on his Revenge of the Blood Beast.
 

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Contents

List of illustrations
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Displaced Person English
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Preparing to shoot interiors in Lavenham Courtesy
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This is a Don Siegel shot
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The Sorcerers happening
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On the set of The Sorcerers Courtesy of Simon Clark
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Tracking with the village mob for the precredit hanging
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This is England Vincent
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Ultimata
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FILMOGRAPHY
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British Film
Jim Leach
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About the author (2003)

Benjamin Halligan is a Lecturer in Film at York St. John College.

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