This latest effort by the author of the seminal The Making of the Counterculture is a quirky, sexy, sprawling novel that comprises, among other things, a magical. Read “Flicker A Novel” by Theodore Roszak with Rakuten Kobo. From the golden age of art movies and underground cinema to X-rated porn, splatter films, and. I had very mixed feelings about Flicker. It’s a great read, with some wonderfully memorable characters and lots of interesting detail about the film world in the.

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I tend to give 2 stars to books which are merely uninspired, and 1 star to books which are actively bad. Actually, you will guess; you’ll see it coming flicier away. Oct 07, Stephanie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Thanks for keeping this thread alive.

You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Most importantly, he has no motivation throughout the action and retelling of his story.

As the story progresses, our protagonist grows and learns, traveling deeper and deeper into a trench of mystery rosza gives way to a secret religious order, an underground conspiracy to corrupt mankind and subtle manipulations of some of the most famous films o I did not see this book coming.

Jump ahead toand his out-of-print and previously obscure novel Flicker is announced as the source of Darren Aronofsky Requiem for a Dream ‘s latest film. Return to Book Page.

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Here the novel begins its gradual freefall, as Gates eventually learns that Castle’s religion, which he hid in his films but still promoted subconsciously, was that of the Cathars. This search sends Gates on a quest for Castle’s final film, a horrifyingly dark adaptation of Heart of Darknessthat sends Gates flying around the globe from Orson Welles’ dinner table to a Swiss orphanage run by a mysterious religious sect to a grindhouse theater in a dank in more than one sense of the word basement.


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His scores make his case. Theodire, you know, I finished it. Jun 14, Tim rated it really liked it Shelves: About half way trough I lost the plot – almost literally.

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Late on in “Flicker,” Gates admits that he seems “to have gone from naive youth to naive middle age with remarkably little character development along the way. And larger than life Orson Welles.

The entire conceit of a cult B-movie horror director, Max Castle, adumbrating within flicket forgotten filmography the subliminal strains of a monstrous conspiracy—the evidence for which seeps forth from basement screenings, underground theatres, lusty ex-starlets, and Theodote film crew—is the perfect setup for a nice, eerie little dalliance with the macabre realm of ancient evil. I warned you, damnit, I warned you.

The scale of “Flicker” suggests that Roszak a history professor and the author of earnest studies on the media means us to be solemn about this hocus-pocus.


Zeroville is one of the most profound statements ever made about the cinema; Flicker is a silly, overlong Da Vinci Code theodkre thriller disguised poorly as a profound statement about the cinema.

Eventually, Gates turns to his former lover Clare for help. Flicker by Theodore Roszak. Ty Burrlater film critic for the Boston Globereviewing the novel in for Entertainment Weeklypraised Roszak’s writing: There is much more.

I just got through reading Flicker, it’s pretty great I think, I wouldn’t call it boring at times per se, it’s a novel that takes it time, flickwr if I managed to finish it, anyone can and by the way, reading this novel inI’d be lying if I didn’t say it creeped me out to read that the Cathars plan to cause the Apocalypse inNEXT YEAR!


The last 50 pages or so serve no purpose other than to wrap the story up and make a last desperate case for both the genius of the, at this point almost mythical, Max Castle and the malignancy of the principal antagonists.

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But let’s not mince words here: And I think the reason fheodore is that, on top of that terrific premise, there’s an air of authenticity around the discussions of ss filmmaking that pulls you in, that leaves you believing that this world and these techniques are are genuine and wanting to know how these things were done. I love this book.

Gates is the foremost authority on once-forgotten filmmaker Max Castle, who left his native Germany in the age of the silents to make films in Hollywood. The Dimension Next Door. By chance Clare gets hold of a beaten old vampire flick, an old Universal film fliker of them can place. View all 7 comments. If long-winded diversions of sorts featuring a fictional Orson Welles or deep-rooted European Christian conspiracy cults aren’t your bag, you might be bored or frustrated with parts of this story, but if you’re looking for something kind of meaty without being overly literary or over-the-top, you might want to take a flier on ficker one.

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I’d forgotten the “end of the world” prediction from Flicker. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. But as “Flicker” turns to the Templars and the Albigensians, its hokeyness becomes distended and intolerable.