Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento (Paperback)

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  1. Crystal Plumage

    Crystal Plumage Dig me..but don't bury me

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    I never bought this book. It was already very OOP when I first heard about it, and the copies on the net were just too expensive.
    Actually I don't know if this is a good read but many people swear this is the ultimate Dario Argento book.

    Now the news. The book has been reissued with some new text and a few new pictures. Also a new cover:
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    Here's what Maitland said about this back in 2009:
    Available now:
    http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Mirror...r_1_18?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271273464&sr=8-18

    Put it on my wishlist. Will see when I have some money for it.
     
  2. The Chaostar

    The Chaostar Johnny Hallyday forever

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    Seriously this is THE book on Argento. The analysis is very well written, Argento's themes are extremely explored, This will bring you closer to a new appreciation of his work. I have the 1st edition and nothing that came after can even compare with this. Be prepared for a lot of reading. This is a must for film buffs and Argentophiles.
     
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    Darga Narcissistic Personality

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    My girlfriend got me the OOP edition for Christmas over a year ago and I totally forgot about it! I must have stashed it in a pile of books somewhere in my apartment. Time to dig it up and give it a read. Thanks for the heads-up...
     
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    man, what a lousy boyfriend you are!:rolleyes:
     
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    I have the original edition,fine book.I've also exchanged e-mails with the author,very bright woman and well versed in a lot of offbeat genres.She's been a consultant for TV GUIDE (handled their Halloween specials),worked as a freelancer for many genre mags and has written a number of other books,including one on erotic films.She pops up in a couple of Roberta Findlay's old horror pics too.
     
  6. Paff

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    I've never been a huge fan of the book, as I've said in several posts before. In fact, here's a post of mine:

     
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    Darga Narcissistic Personality

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    Yeah, I know :(

    But Paff is right- it is a bit of a heavy read. When I received it over the holidays I remember there was just too much stuff going on to be able to sit down and properly concentrate. So I set it aside for a while and promptly forgot about it! Yup, whatta jerk....
     
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    i was interested in it at first, but now paffs put me off it. i think id be a bit more interested in something more biographical, on the making of the films and the italian film industry in the 70s/80s than an extended critical analysis of the films.
     
  9. Crystal Plumage

    Crystal Plumage Dig me..but don't bury me

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    Which, of course, is much like "Profondo Argento". A great book and easy to read. I don't want to get "exhausted" while reading. And whith English not being my mother tongue, I might struggle with McDonagh's thesis.

    Dave, perhaps you should read both "Profondo Argento" and "La Dolce Morte" , that way you get exactly what you need!

    Profondo Argento seems to be OOP, but I'm sure there's a cheap version floating around the web somewhere.
    La Dolce Morte is kinda expensive @ $38, but it's woth the money. You could wait for one of Amazon.co.uk's sales and buy it very cheap. Bought mine last year for 5 Pounds! ($9)

    Anyway, I think I'll buy the McDonagh book to see if I like it. It's not too expensive.
     
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    The Chaostar Johnny Hallyday forever

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    If you want to KNOW Argento this is the book. If you want trivia, it's all out on the internet, why bother buying a book? The critical analysis for me is a masterwork and I've read shitloads of them.
     
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    Shannafey Don't Monkey With Me!

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    I agree with Paff as well!
     
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    I thought this book was fantastic. Its exploration of the films and their meanings enhanced my viewing pleasure about a hundred fold. I'm pretty surprised that people read it and were disappointed! This is about the films, not the director and his life and how he made those films.
     
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    i have the one with the opera still on the cover. it is a pretty satisfying read although i felt like she was reaching quite a bit on her analyses. that being said, it is fun to think that the movies i really enjoy watching are more than schlocky t&a and blood feasts.
     
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    I had this book. Lost it during the last move, I believe. Shame. It's a great book.
     
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    Also agree with Paff on this one, was disappointed by this book. Too much rambling, over analysis where for pages at a time you can easily forgot which film, scene or director are even being discussed.

    Maybe I just had unrealistic expectations but it seems this may be aimed more at film academics in general, than the average Argento movie fan.
     
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  16. The Chaostar

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    Wow some people are lazy readers....
     
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    I managed to get through all ~700 pages of De Sade's 120 days of Sodom, an achievement in itself, but I found Broken Mirrors tougher going, haha.
     
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    Maybe Argento's films are richer than what you expected.
     

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