Withnail and Us: Cult Films and Film Cults in British Cinema by Justin SmithWithnail and Us: Cult Films and Film Cults in British Cinema by Justin Smith

Withnail and Us: Cult Films and Film Cults in British Cinema

byJustin Smith

Paperback | March 15, 2010

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Withnail and Us charts the journey of cult in culture through an exploration of British cult films and their fans. It is about our bizarre and enduring fascination with once obscure or shocking movies, from A Clockwork Orange to The Wicker Man. What is it about certain films that provokes such obsessive fan devotion? What impells people to remote locations in search of filmic relics? Why do they gather in groups to re-enact scenes learnt by heart? Is any film worth re-viewing over 100 times? From 1968 and all that, through the cultural by-ways of the 1970s, this book attempts to explain such strange practices, and to trace their origins in the makings of some remarkable films, including Tommy, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Quadrophenia, Withnail & I, Trainspotting and Performance.  Prepare to enter the arena of the unwell!

Justin Smith is Principal Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Portsmouth, He is a cultural historian specialising in British cinema whose publications include ‘Withnail’s Coat: Andrea Galer’s Cult Costumes’ in 'Fashion Theory', Vol. 9, No. 3 (2005), and  ‘The Wicker Man Digest' in 'The New Film History' (2007).           
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Title:Withnail and Us: Cult Films and Film Cults in British CinemaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 10.22 × 6.09 × 0.73 inPublished:March 15, 2010Publisher:I.B. Tauris Company Ltd.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1848850921

ISBN - 13:9781848850927

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements * Introduction * The Rocky Horror Picture Show * Performance * Get Carter * The Wicker Man * A Clockwork Orange * Monty Python and the Holy Grail * Tommy * The Man Who Fell To Earth * Quadrophenia * Withnail & I * Trainspotting * Conclusion * Notes *  Bibliography * Index *