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By Wheeler Winston Dixon

"In this tidy, taut, and tangy study, Dixon . . . covers the unusual and wacky ill motion pictures of the period--from director Roger Corman's Little store of Horrors (1960) to Robert Downey Sr.'s Putney Swope (1969)--and he additionally pops around the pond to rejoice the pleased nihilism of the ordinary British works of Richard Lester and Tony Richardson. Dixon [also] devotes chapters to violence within the silent cinema and the Thirties B Westerns of D. Ross Lederman; the pushed movies of Mexico's prolific 'phantom' filmmaker Juan Orol; director Richard Sarafian's existential street motion picture Vanishing Point (1971); the 'invisible cinema' of the overlooked Marcel Hanoun; and the romantic fatalism of French auteur Max Ophüls . . . lucid and compelling." - Choice

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