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Real and Reel : The Education of a Film Obsessive and Critic - Brian McFarlane

Real and Reel

The Education of a Film Obsessive and Critic

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Real and Reel is a light-hearted, ironic account of a lifetime's addiction. It is one person's story, but it may strike familiar sparks among many others.

Though there have been plenty of other interests to keep life lively, nothing else has exerted such a long-standing grip on the author's imagination as film. From a little before ten years of age, he became addicted to stories told on the screen and the mere fact that he had difficulty in getting to see the films he wanted - or any for that matter - only made them seem more alluring.

But it wasn't just seeing the films that mattered; he also wanted, and quite soon needed, to be writing about them and these obsessions have been part of his life for the next sixty-odd years.

About the Author

Brian McFarlane has had overlapping careers as secondary-school teacher, academic and writer. He is now Adjunct Associate Professor attached to the English Department of Monash University where he taught for many years, and was Visiting Professor (Film) at the University of Hull, UK. His books include Words and Images: Australian Novels into Film, New Australian Cinema: Sources and Parallels in American and British Film, An Autobiography of British Cinema, The Oxford Companion to Australian Film (co-edited), The Encyclopedia of British Film, The British 'B' Film (co-authored), and he is a frequent reviewer for The Age, The Australian Book Review, Metro and Sight and Sound. He lives in Melbourne with Geraldine, his wife of fifty years, has three children and six grandchildren.

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4.0

The making of a film buff

By Caz the psych nurse

from Melbourne AU

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Film Criticism
  • Informative
  • Well Written
  • Witty And Amusing Gossip

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Reference

    Comments about Real and Reel:

    I enjoy listening to Brian MacFarlain on radio; Three Triple RRR's "Film Buff's Forcast", he always has something interesting witty or informative to say about the films he reviews. This book only enhanced my appreciation of his work and wit, giving a fascinating illumination of his developing obsession with film, film actors and actresses, from a young boy as he grew up, through to his adult life and the making of his obsession into a full time lifes work. His voice comes through clearly in these pages, only making me want to investigate his other books on film.

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    2.0

    For those that remember the older movies

    By kell

    from perth

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    Pros

    • Informative

    Cons

    • Disappointing
    • Not What I Expected

    Best Uses

    • Older Readers

    Comments about Real and Reel:

    Im sure this book would appeal to those that follow and have seen the older styled movies and theatrical performances. Was not my cup of tea

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    ISBN: 9781921642586
    ISBN-10: 1921642580
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 187
    Published: 1st August 2010
    Publisher: Sid Harta Publishers
    Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0