The Phantom Empire is a brilliant, daring, and utterly original book that analyzes (even as it exemplifies) the effect that the image saturation of a hundred years of moving pictures have had on human culture and consciousness.
"One of the most eccentrically engaging books to come out all year... The Phantom Empire is an elegy for reality, the screenplay of a celluloid culture." -- Voice Literary Supplement "Ingenious and idiosyncratic ... a work that somehow manages to be both a prose poem about the pleasures and distractions of movie-watching and an extremely compact history of the cinema." -- Louis Menand - The New Yorker "O'Brien's stroboscopic images of a mind that the movies have made and remade, deformed and reformed, straitened and enlarged, are dazzling. They fuse into an aptly pyrotechnical celebration of film's first century." -- Stanley Kauffmann - New Republic
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st May 1995
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.0 x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.3