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My reel story
Perry, Ted, 1937-
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Publication Information:
Hanover, NH : Middlebury Press : University Press of New England, [2001]

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vii, 227 pages ; 24 cm
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Central Library PN1998.3.P457 A3 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A series of narrated trips to his native New Orleans helps to provide insight into the film teacher and critic's life and his troubled relationship with his family.

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Booklist Review

Film scholar Perry, who now teaches film and video at Middlebury College in Vermont, spent most of his life "writing, teaching, thinking, speaking about, and looking at movies" and has much to say about film in these musings about how his New Orleans childhood led him to his life's work. "Some sons unite with their fathers over fishing, baseball, or hunting. For my father and me it was the movies." But Perry's parents were mismatched: his father made home and duty his touchstones, while his Southern mother wanted above all to enjoy life. They fought until his father left to work in Africa, returning only for brief visits. In My Reel Story, Perry takes a series of trips back to the Big Easy, examining the mysteries of his parents' lives, exploring the meanings they found in (or imposed on) the films they saw, and directing imaginary movie scenes to clarify their lives and his own. --Mary Carroll

Library Journal Review

Perry, a professor of film studies at Middlebury College and former director of the film department at the Museum of Modern Art, has written an entertaining, enlightening, and highly readable account of his life and the films that have been an integral part of it. The book is based on visits Perry made to New Orleans, where he grew up, and his attempts to analyze the relationships among his life, his home, and the movies. Visits to particular sites in New Orleans, such as the French Quarter, a streetcar, and the banks of the Mississippi River, serve as starting points for discussions about films and their parallels to his life. For example, Perry compares his father's straightforward and uncomplicated moral code to the cowboy films of Gene Autry. Although this is a great book, it may be too special for small public libraries. Still, it will be useful to film buffs and academic and public libraries with collections in film studies.DMark Bay, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Lib., Indianapolis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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