Inside The Wicker Man

How Not to Make a Cult Classic

By Allan Brown

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Describes the filming and distribution of the cult masterpiece as a 'textbook example of How Things Should Never Be Done'. This title guides readers through the film's convoluted history, attempting along the way to explain its enduring fascination, and providing interviews with the key figures.

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"Inside The Wicker Man" is a treat for all cinemagoers, exhaustively researched and achieving a near-perfect balance between history, trivia and serious analysis. Allan Brown describes the filming and distribution of the cult masterpiece as a 'textbook example of How Things Should Never Be Done'. The omens were bad from the start, and proceeded to get much, much worse, with fake blossom on trees to simulate spring, actors chomping on ice-cubes to prevent their breath showing on film, and verbal and physical confrontations involving both cast and crew. The studio hated it and hardly bothered to distribute it, but today it finds favour with critics and fans alike, as a serious - if flawed - piece of cinema. Brown expertly guides readers through the film's convoluted history, attempting along the way to explain its enduring fascination, and providing interviews with the key figures - many of whom still have an axe to grind, and some of whom still harbour plans for a sequel.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 22 Apr 2010
SKU 9781846971440-grouped
Number of Pages 272

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'A book about The Wicker Man? I would think you'd need an encyclopaedia' CHRISTOPER LEE 'A stunning examination of one of my favourite films by one of my favourite journalists' A A GILL

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