"Warning Shadows" is a brilliantly insightful and witty examination of beloved and little-known films, directors and stars by esteemed critic, Gary Giddins. This new work explores the evolution of film, from the first moving pictures to the digital era. Technology has changed our experience of cinema forever; now we have peeled away from the crowded cinema to be home alone with classic film. Recounting the technological developments that films have undergone, "Warning Shadows" travels through time and across genres to explore the impact of the industry's most famous classics and forgotten gems. Essays such as 'Houdini Escapes! From the Vaults! Of the Past!', 'Edward G. Robinson, See', and 'Prestige and Pretension (Pride and Prejudice)' capture the wit and magic of classic cinema. Each chapter - ranging from Hitchcock to Disney - provides readers with engaging analyses of influential films and the directors and actors who made them possible.
[Giddins'] first book wholly devoted to movies is the real deal, a deeply reflective work bristling with the kind of scholarship that also feels spontaneous.... Giddins's headlong sentences and rapid-fire associations sometimes remind me of Preston Sturges: the apparent chaos is under total control. --Tim Appelo
Critic Gary Giddins, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Visions of Jazz, is the author of Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams and co-author of Jazz (ISBN 978 0 393 06861 0).