Monday, April 30, 2001


by Philip Rock

I bought this one years ago from some sale bin. I had seen an enjoyable British miniseries on PBS called Flickers and thought this book was related. But instead of a novel about a film entrepreneur making good in the British film industry of the 1910's it was about a number of Americans making it good (or not so good) in the American film industry in the 1920's. Like a lot of historical novels, this Flickers does a good job of capturing the flavor of the times, coloring the background with the fads and fashions of the era. (At least it seems so to me. I can't help but wonder if someone who lived back then would find it very artificial.) It also captures the flavor of the era in which it is written, the mid-1970's. Just about everybody is dysfunctional and there's all sorts of sex going on. (Either young and passionate or kinky. The middle aged married people keep their clothes on.) Anyway, even for me, who loves tales of vaudeville and the early film industry, this book is definitely waiting room material. If you ever find a novelization or video of the television Flickers, however, let me know, okay?

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