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Part Two: Life

Roger Lewis

Roger Lewis is the author of The Life and Death of Peter Sellers ('His research here has staggering breadth and depth, as does his relentless power of insight tempered with humanity.' The Hollywood Reporter), which is being developed as a biopic by HBO, and The Real Life of Laurence Olivier ('A passionate and monumental celebration of a genius.' Arthur Miller in the Sunday Times), which has formed the basis of a documentary for Channel 4. His biography of Anthony Burgess is published by Faber, in November 2002. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Charles Hawtrey 1914–1988 : The Man Who Was Private Widdle

Faber & Faber, 2001

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... and an over-ripe one at that. He was graded ‘5 minus’, literally abysmal, and in the light of these remarks,His examiners were Joan Clark, Freddie Piffard, A. Scott-Johnson and Charles Maxwell. On the off-chance that you know them or any...

Twisted Genres: Cronos and Mimic

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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... of writing. … All of that is in [Cronos], and it’s true of the rest of the movies.’ (Clark and Boucher 2010) I was actually more interested in opening the movie like a Hollywood movie, open it as if you are about to see a super-expensive...

Accented Fantasy and the Gothic Perverse

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...This chapter further interrogates Guillermo del Toro’s relationship with two key areas of screen studies: transnationalism and Queer cinema. We situate del Toro in the context of contemporary transnational cinema, both as an exilic...

Trauma – childhood – History: The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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... whilst the ego seeks to avoid it’ (2012: 62). Roger Luckhurst has discussed the relationship between Gothic and trauma thus: ‘Post-traumatic experience is intrinsically uncanny, finding cultural expression in ghostly visitations, prophetic...

Introduction

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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... that which is established and sterilized into that which is dangerous and ‘down and dirty’ (Clark and McDonald 2010: 60). Yingjin Zhang contends that Queer cinema disavows ‘fixed identity, and mainstream acceptance’ and instead ‘thrives...

From Development Hell to the Pacific Depths: The Strain and Pacific Rim

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The period between 2008 and 2013, the end of which marks the appearance of del Toro’s next film as a director, Pacific Rim, was characterized by an almost feverish stream of projects that did not materialize or were shelved. We discuss...

Influences and Intertexts

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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... the Universal classics of Whale and Browning, the Poe adaptations of Roger Corman and the Hammer-produced films of Terence Fisher. Karloff’s extraordinary capacity for physical transformation is echoed in his repeated use of Doug Jones in roles...

Fan as Film-maker

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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... and growth. Clark and McDonald write:Pan’s Labyrinth seems to attest to the need for fiction when human monstrosity, as represented by the Spanish fascists, is encountered. For Ofelia, the fantasy world of fairy tale and the labyrinth offers...

Gothic Superheroes: Blade II, Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and is the Head of Programme for Media, Film Studies and Mass Communications at York St John University, UK. His research interests include popular culture, cult cinema and digital media. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Roger Clark

Roger Clark taught literature and film in UK Universities for over thirty years and has published on contemporary fiction and film. He was Senior Lecturer in Literature Studies at York St John University, UK, where he is currently Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Guillermo del Toro : Film as Alchemic Art

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Writing in 2002, the year in which Blade II appeared, John Whately summarized the then relation of the Gothic to high culture in the following way:The status of the Gothic text has then always been problematic; a form that is denied yet...