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What are the movies? What effect do they have on us? Why do we love them so much? The influential, award-winning French cartoonist Blutch (born 1967) addresses these questions in a series of interlocking short comics that combine scholarly history with ribald romanticism, and feature a motley cast of actors and characters, including Claudia Cardinale, Jean-Luc Godard, BurtWhat are the movies? What effect do they have on us? Why do we love them so much? The influential, award-winning French cartoonist Blutch (born 1967) addresses these questions in a series of interlocking short comics that combine scholarly history with ribald romanticism, and feature a motley cast of actors and characters, including Claudia Cardinale, Jean-Luc Godard, Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Michel Piccoli, Tarzan and Luchino Visconti. Blutch has published over a dozen books since debuting in 1988 in the legendary avant-garde magazine "Fluide Glacial" among his books are "Mitchum," "Peplum" and "Le Petit Christian," and his illustrations regularly appear in "Les Inrockuptibles," "Liberation" and "The New Yorker." As much visual essay as graphic novel, a daydream and fantastic meditation on the other art of telling stories with images, "So Long, Silver Screen" is the finest work yet from an uncontested master of contemporary cartooning, as well as his first full-length work to be published in English. It is designed by famed cartoonist David Mazzucchelli....

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ISBN : 9780985159511
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 88 Pages
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  • Onur Y
    2019-01-15 04:18

    Ve en büyük sürpriz...Sinema ve comics... Şu sıralar en sevdiğim şey. Sinema tutkum çok küçüklükten beri var da comics gecikmiş bir merak.Sinema tarihine adını kazıyarak yazdırmış ikonik oyuncuların gündelik bir öykü içerisine enjekte edilmesiyle ortaya çok farklı ve çarpıcı bir şey çıkmış. Okuması zorlu, hayli yorucu ama bir yandan da keyifli.

  • David Schaafsma
    2018-12-27 03:25

    Completely original work by the noted French cartoonist, a romanticized and bawdy story of one man's love of film, especially fifties films. The drawing is accomplished and the story is unique and high energy and episodic and not always "coherent." It's more like short comics about film featuring famous film actors and various women in our hero's life who take a sometimes exasperated view of his obsession. He is a romantic, and maybe particularly crazy about sultry actresses of the period, but who wouldn't be? Claudia Cardinale! Bardot! Truffaut! Mais oui!I was not familiar with Blutch's work; I liked it in part because I knew all his fifties film referenced and share the main character's passion for these films, and an era in which film, maybe French film in particular, was all encompassing, larger than life. Such a great time for film! It's a romantic tale, finally, amusing, but not for kids. I am told this is his first feature length work to be published in English. I am happy to be introduced to his work.

  • Tosh
    2018-12-28 04:13

    An odd graphic novel that is more reflective than narrative with respect to the tradition of cinema watching. "So Long, Silver Screen" has a sense of sadness that the artist/cartoonist Blutch attaches to the nature of films. Here he reflects on the image of Burt Landcaster and the great French actor Michel Piccoli (among others) through out their various roles. For the causal reader, they may need a footnote or two, but part of the fun is to go on the journey with Blutch regarding the subject of film history and the aesthetic of movie-watching.

  • Stamatia
    2019-01-02 07:06

    A kind of abstract graphic novel about a love/hate relationship with the silver screen. Blutch's illustration and story is a bit critical at points but in the end it surrenders to an eternal and helpless love for cinema. Loved the reference on Burt Lancaster and the way women are portrayed (and used?) in modern films.

  • Jim
    2018-12-24 11:28

    I found this book, while browsing the shelves of the local library. I was drawn to the book by the description on the back cover. “What are the movies? What effect do they have on us? Why do we love them so much? Blutch addresses all these questions in a series of interlocking short comics that move between scholarly history, romantic theory and ribald vignettes featuring a motley cast of actors and topics including Burt Lancaster, Jean-Luc Godard, Luchino Visconti, Claude Cardinale, Tarzan and Michel Piccoli. As much a visual essay as it is graphic novel, a daydream and a fantastic meditation on the other art of telling stories with images. “So Long, Silver Screen” is a new height for an uncontested master of contemporary cartooning.”That is a tall order for such a thin book. I’m not sure it delivered, at least not for me. One problem that I had with the book is that the author, Blutch is French. Some of his references I do not know so part of his book was lost on me. The other actors he mentions are usually roles from older films. I was beginning to lose interest in the book until I read his section on “Women in Film”. That was when it started to get interesting. I actually went back to the beginning to see if I had missed something earlier. I hadn’t. He did do a good job of describing how women have been portrayed and used in film as the objects for men’s desires and fantasies. The book is mostly written with Blutch as the central figure debating with other characters real and imagined on the benefits and value of film. Is it even an art form? How does it measure up to other art forms? What is the purpose of film?He does raise some interesting questions, but he also leaves a lot to be desired.An interesting book and a quick read.

  • Maryann Kandlik
    2018-12-29 04:09

    While l appreciated some of the illustrations, I was very disappointed in this book. I found the sexual content gratuitous and adolescent and did nothing to contribute to what little story content was there. Some of the discussion on movies and their significance on individuals as well as culture was interesting, but the discussion quickly descended into a pretentious rant against the previous ideas. Perhaps I just missed something in the translation.

  • Vittorio Rainone
    2018-12-30 07:17

    Nota positiva di questo volume: i disegni sono davvero belli. Blutch, che non conoscevo, ha una naturalezza nel tratto fuori dal comune. Per il resto: bah. Una carrellata di osservazioni più o meno interessanti sul cinema e sulla sua fascinazione. Magari a qualcun altro piacerà.

  • Will Hunt
    2019-01-23 07:33

    This comic is a bit different. The art is amazing as can be expected from Blutch but I got a little confused reading it. It's more of a visual essay than a “story.”It's like he is trying to work through some frustration here. There is no real resolution just a sort of gathering of ideas. He come across self-defeating at times and I feel like a little humor(like he has in the scene with the cat meowing in the alley) would make it more relatable. There are some really great lines in here. Here is one of my favorites:"I love you, dad, but what awaits me is infinitely more exciting that anything you could've dreamed ofI was made of sterner stuff""Lord almighty! Whoever put such ideas in your head, boy! Burt Lancaster, Dad."

  • Valerie
    2019-01-11 08:34

    Entrer dans les fantasmes d'un auteur de bd sur le cinéma, c'est découvrir des fantaisies plus visuelles que linéaires. Le fantasme fonctionne ainsi que le rêve, voir Godard pêcher des poissons extraordinaire qui dans l'instant pourrissent à quelque chose de magique et d'irréel, personnellement j'aime beaucoup le travail de Blutch.

  • Bill Fletcher
    2019-01-15 09:14

    I was really excited waiting for this to be released and have to admit I was kind of disappointed. Some of the stories are fun; most of them are just kind of there. The artwork is fun but it doesn't make up for the lack of anything really going on in the stories.

  • Aaron
    2019-01-21 07:12

    The art in this comic is beautiful, but otherwise I didn't get much out of it. The story is intentionally lacking in plot or logic, and I'm not enough of a film buff to understand all or even most of the references.

  • VAle
    2019-01-21 03:30

    preso in bibliotecaTroppo per cinefili. Ho capito forse un quarto dei riferimenti.