Inside The Wicker Man
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Inside The Wicker Man

How Not to Make a Cult Classic

Allan Brown

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Inside The Wicker Man

How Not to Make a Cult Classic

Allan Brown

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Inside The Wicker Man is a treat for all cinemagoers, exhaustively researched and achieving a near-perfect balance between history, trivia and serious analysis. Allan Brown describes the filming and distribution of the cult masterpiece as a 'textbook example of How Things Should Never Be Done'.The omens were bad from the start, and proceeded to get much, much worse, with fake blossom on trees to simulate spring, actors chomping on ice-cubes to prevent their breath showing on film, and verbal and physical confrontations involving both cast and crew. The studio hated it and hardly bothered to distribute it, but today it finds favour with critics and fans alike, as a serious - if flawed - piece of cinema. Brown expertly guides readers through the film's convoluted history, attempting along the way to explain its enduring fascination, and providing interviews with the key figures - many of whom still have an axe to grind, and some of whom still harbour plans for a sequel.

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Publisher
Polygon
Year
2012
ISBN
9780857902177

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Author biography
  3. Title page
  4. Copyright page
  5. Dedication page
  6. Contents
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Foreword by Edward Woodward
  9. Introduction
  10. On the trail of The Wicker Man
  11. Chapter 1
  12. Chapter 2
  13. Chapter 3
  14. Chapter 4
  15. Chapter 5
  16. Chapter 6
  17. Chapter 7
  18. Chapter 8
  19. Chapter 9
  20. Chapter 10
  21. Chapter 11
  22. Chapter 12
  23. Chapter 13
  24. Chapter 14
  25. Chapter 15
  26. Chapter 16
  27. Chapter 17
  28. Chapter 18
  29. Chapter 19
  30. Chapter 20
  31. Appendix I The Wicker Man sequel: screenplay
  32. Appendix II The Wicker Man locations, scene by scene
  33. Appendix III Introduction to The Wicker Man from British Lion’s 1974 press book
  34. Appendix IV The Wicker Man: complete cast and crew list
  35. Appendix V From Christopher Lee’s autobiography Tall, Dark and Gruesome
  36. Appendix VI British and American press reviews
  37. Appendix VII Lord Summerisle’s complete introduction speech from Anthony Shaffer’s script
  38. Appendix VIII The cover blurb for The Wicker Man on its first release on home video in Britain, May 1981
  39. Appendix IX Documents
  40. Index
  41. List of Plates