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Sex Psyche Etcetera in the Film | by Martin Isaac
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Sex Psyche Etcetera in the Film

Sex Psyche Etcetera in the Film

Parker Tyler


a Pelican Original

First published in the U.S.A. by Horizon Press 1969

Published in Pelican Books 1971

Cover design by Bridget Heal


From the back cover:

The film is still the Cinderella of the arts. Beside her 'the other arts take on the look of ugly stepsisters whose affability and condescension tend to caricature them' writes Tyler in this study of sex in the cinema. Yet the bane of Hollywood over fifty years, as he shows, has been the belief that the film's ideal function is the reporting of boundless 'facts' and spectacles. Too often the sex goddess of the silver screen rises more from foam-rubber than a sea of flesh. The success or failure of the great American epic depends entirely on whether it strikes popular sympathies in the right area.

Many are the directors and stars with a flair for experiment and plagiarism. Far above these stand the diverse geniuses of Chaplin, Eisenstein and Warhol, whose films Tyler regards as works of art in themselves. This book is a distinguished critic's evaluation of the film – past, present, and to come.


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Taken sometime in 1971