Flicker (Rediscovered Classics) [Theodore Roszak] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. From the golden age of art movies and underground. Jonathan Gates doesn’t set out to uncover the secret history of the movies – a tale of intrigue, deception and death that stretches back to the fourteenth. 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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View all 5 comments. Jonathan Gates is a student at UCLA in the early s, where he begins his love affair with film at The Classic, a rundown independent movie theatre. View all 7 comments. So if that premise sounds interesting, find a synopsis of Theoodre and rosza, notes.

Gradually, Gates rises through the academic ranks to achieve a professorial chair, becoming most respected as the rediscoverer and champion of Castle’s work. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long.

And maybe give the novel a try if you want to get a grip on the feel of the times, because Roszak’s second-hand pre-war Hollywood, filtered through the memories of supporting characters and their stories fheodore disappointment and obsession, has a definite if unfocused power, as does the described-in-memory figure of Max Castle, half madman, half visionary, half creepster. The review must be at least 50 characters long. For almost pages our gullible innocent narrator is on the quest to uncover the unsung genius director who died seeking funding for his magnum opus.

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I also loved the religious iconography and the slow reveal about the cult and its plans. And you will wonder whether Flicker is really fiction The filmography is hilarious.


We have the quintessential German director, Max Castle, escaping Nazism, only to end up in another hell. I had to quit reading this book when I got to the part about Simon Dunckle and his revolting movies. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He represents the very worst of baby boomer patriarchy. Now, 20 years later, as Jonathan seeks the truth behind Castle’s disappearance, the innocent entertainments of his youth—the sexy sirens, the screwball comedies, the high romance—take on a sinister appearance.


For other uses, see Flicker disambiguation. After trying three times to read this book, I’m figuring it’s just not for me. It starts simply enough as a fictional story about a young man discovering the beauty and artistry of film, then becoming particularly engrossed in the work of an obscure German director, Max Castle.

The most startling thing about this book is just how unlikable every single character is. The book fails to do that, because Roszak isn’t very good at describing the things he knows, but nonetheless you can tell that he really does know them, rather than just having researched them. Enjoyable trash with lots of golden age cinema references.

Mar 08, Peter Landau rated it really liked it. I enjoyed each revelation about sadly fictional Max Castle and his tgeodore, but I can see why some rozak thought it boring.

Please read Steve Erickson’s brilliant Zeroville instead. Be the first to discover new talent! Flicker is a novel by Theodore Roszak published in The Masks of Time.

Look at the Birdie Short Story. If you’re not interested in movies for movies sake then you probably won’t like this book at all. I recognize that this could certainly be by design, reflecting the inner workings of so many of the films detailed in the story, but still, I’m a sucker for a happy ending.

Flicker (Theodore Roszak) – book review

Jonathan Gates doesn’t set out to uncover the secret history of the movies — a tale of intrigue, deception and death that stretches back to the fourteenth century She introduces him to a Father Angelotti.

Roszak loves film—he’s forgotten more about the movies than I could possibly ever know—and this passion throbs throughout the portions of Flicker that explore the cinematic history of early-modern Hollywood. Unfortunately Flicker read like the unwanted love child of The Da Vinci Code and a turgid dissertation on film history. It’s very sexist in an old-fashioned way, and leaves a bad taste in the mouth.


Flicker by Theodore Roszak

A defrocked Dominican priest, Angelotti was a member of Occulus Dei, a secretive group established by the Catholic Church to investigate and combat the surviving Cathars. Jonathan Gates could not have anticipated that his student studies would lead him to uncover the secret history of the movies—a tale of intrigue, deception, and death that stretches back to the 14th century. Gates and the film director he once idolised use scraps and castoffs from a waste-heap of old celluloid to splice together one final film, while they wait for Armageddon to come.

Jonny’s legwork leads him into the orphanages of the God of Darkness and also carries him tbeodore the Seventies’ porn and gore of the Antichrist as theodoee readies to move into television.

In his wake he left a mysterious and fragmentary oeuvre that reveals subliminal messages and strange rites. I bought 3 copies over the years and still have two.

This story has, at its heart, a secret society.

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This book describes an elaborate conspiracy, seeded over a thousand years ago, that has grown with each innovation in entertainment technology.

I can find absolutely nothing to recommend in Flicker, and again offer up a small prayer that Aronofsky can take this source material and make it into something watchable. Angelotti persuades Gates to ‘infiltrate’ the Orphans’ church, so as to obtain the conclusive evidence that will allow Gates to publish what he has discovered.

But, you know, I finished it.

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