Cinematic Ghosts

Cinematic Ghosts: Haunting and Spectrality from Silent Cinema to the Digital Era

by Murray Leeder

Murray Leeder is a Limited Term Instructor in Film Studies at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is the author of Halloween (2014), as well as more than a dozen articles in such journals as Horror Studies, the Journal of Popular Film and Television, the Journal of Popular Culture, Clues: A Journal of Detection and the Canadian Journal of Film Studies. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2015
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    9781628922141 (hardback)

    9781628922134 (paperback)

    9781628922165 (epub)

    9781628922158 (epdf)

    9781501304729 (online)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
Cinematic Ghosts
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In 1896, Maxim Gorky declared cinema “the Kingdom of Shadows.” In its silent, ashen-grey world, he saw a land of spectral, and ever since then cinema has had a special relationship with the haunted and the ghostly. Cinematic Ghosts is the first collection devoted to this subject, including fourteen new essays, dedicated to exploring the many permutations of the movies’ phantoms.

Cinematic Ghosts contains essays revisiting some classic ghost films within the genres of horror (The Haunting, 1963), romance (Portrait of Jennie, 1948), comedy (Beetlejuice, 1988) and the art film (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, 2010), as well as essays dealing with a number of films from around the world, from Sweden to China. Cinematic Ghosts traces the archetype of the cinematic ghost from the silent era until today, offering analyses from a range of historical, aesthetic and theoretical dimensions.