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The Poe cinema : a critical filmography of theatrical releases based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe
Smith, Don G., 1950-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [1999]

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vii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Who can forget haunting tales like The Oblong Box, Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Pit and the Pendulum, and Torture Garden? This is a critical filmography of the 81features from 13 countries that have adapted the literary works of Edgar Allan Poe. Each entry includes the title of the work, year of release, studio, full cast and credits, running time, and a detailed plot synopsis. Production and marketing notes first examine the degree to which the film is faithful to Poes original work. Pertinent career information for the primary actors and filmmakers, anecdotes and perspectives from the principals, and an overview of the marketing of the movie are next provided. A thorough critical analysis, including contemporary reviews of the film, completes each entry.

Author Notes

Don G. Smith, as associate professor of history and philosophy and a Poe fan since childhood

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Smith's second foray into horror (following Lon Chaney, Jr., McFarland, 1996) examines 81 Poe-based theatrical features released between 1908 and 1992 from 31 countries. Nontheatrical productions are not addressed, although select made-for-TV productions receive mention. Each entry includes production information, credits and cast, story synopsis, production and marketing history, and excellent multipage critiques longer than those normally found in horror guides. Good illustrations, particularly from pre-World War II films, add to the overall quality. However, as Smith limits commentary to films personally viewed, some films (e.g., D.W. Griffith's The Sealed Room) are shortchanged. In general, however, this is a fine companion volume to Ronald Smith's Poe in the Media (Garland, 1990). Recommended for all horror film collections.‘Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., Houston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 3
The Filmsp. 7
Afterwordp. 277
Notesp. 281
Appendix A. Poe-Inspired Films in Chronological Orderp. 287
Appendix B. Poe Films by Country of Originp. 289
Appendix C. Poe Titles and Films Adapted from Themp. 291
Annotated Selected Bibliographyp. 293
Indexp. 301