The Phantom Empire

Movies in the Mind of the Twentieth Century

Geoffrey O'Brien (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

The Phantom Empire is a brilliant, daring, and utterly original book that analyzes (even as it exemplifies) the effect that the image saturation of a hundred years of moving pictures have had on human culture and consciousness.

In his intense and mysterious evocation of (seemingly) every kind of movie ever made, Geoffrey O'Brien erases the distinction between spectator and commentator and virtually reinvents film writing in our time.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • May 1995
  • ISBN 978-0-393-31296-6
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 288 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“One of the most eccentrically engaging books to come out all year. . . . The Phantom Empire is an elegy for reality, the screenplay of a celluloid culture.” — Voice Literary Supplement

“Ingenious and idiosyncratic . . . a work that somehow manages to be both a prose poem about the pleasures and distractions of movie-watching and an extremely compact history of the cinema.” — Louis Menand, The New Yorker

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