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Double Features: Big Ideas in Film

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Print: ADU-POPF | ISBN 978-0-945159-63-6 | Softcover | 296 pages
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Double Features: Big Ideas in Film

Double Features: Big Ideas in Film

“The collective agreement to gather with a group of strangers in a darkened theater to watch moving images on a screen is one of the most unusual human behaviors of recent times.”
—From the introduction by Nick Clement

Double Features: Big Ideas in Film examines our understanding of movies and the effect they have on our wider culture. The 23 selections in this innovative new anthology explore different aspects of film and filmmaking, from the perspective of artists and creators, directors and producers, and audiences and critics. Inside you’ll find:

  • Acclaimed authors, including Manuel Muñoz, Walter Murch, Camille Paglia, A. O. Scott, and Sheryl St. Germain
  • Writing on childhood, race, technology, heroism, and romance
  • Essays, short stories, reviews, interviews, and poetry

Please note, this book contains mature content.


Yossarian Is Alive and Well in the Mexican Desert
Nora Ephron
Countercultural Architecture and Dramatic Structure (print edition only)
David Mamet
Shooting to Kill*
Christine Vachon
Laugh, Cry, Believe: Spielbergization and Its Discontents
J. Hoberman
In the Blink of an Eye*
Walter Murch
"One Hang, We All Hang": High Plains Drifter
Richard Hutson
Lynch on Lynch*
Chris Rodley, interview with David Lynch


John Wayne: A Love Song
Joan Didion
Nonstop Action: Why Hollywood's Aging Heroes Won't Give Up the Gun
Adam Mars-Jones
Lorrie Moore
Furiosa: The Virago of Mad Max: Fury Road
Jess Zimmerman


Scary Movies
Kim Addonizio
Manuel Muñoz
Edward Hopper's New York Movie
Joseph Stanton
Why We Crave Horror Movies
Stephen King
Robert Coover
The Last Movie
Rachel Hadas
Some Months After My Father's Death
Sheryl St. Germain


The Birds*
Camille Paglia
Your Childhood Entertainment Is Not Sacred
Nathan Rabin
Pygmalion's Ghost: Female AI and Technological Dream Girls
Angelica Jade Bastién
The Solace of Preparing Fried Foods and Other Quaint Remembrances from 1960s Mississippi: Thoughts on The Help
Roxane Gay
Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth*
A. O. Scott

*Indicates a selection taken from a longer work.