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Book Review: Farran Smith Nehm's 'Missing Reels'



It’s far too easy to stay wrapped up in frothy ‘here today, gone tomorrow’  quick reads taken off the cheapy piles in your nearest chain-store book shop or downloaded at next to no cost from one of the ever present e-book providers. So here’s is something entirely different. Quoted as ‘screwball comedy wedded to a gothic novel’ this has to be taken with the pinch of salt - perhaps so unbelievably impossible and  way-out it could only be set against an American backdrop.

Ceinwen - such a nice Welsh name - takes an hour and a half to get ready for an evening out in 1980’s Manhattan, and at the same time becomes involved with Matthew who’s very British. She goes to the movies, as you do. It’s a life changing act - and to find one missing piece of an ancient reel starts her on a very involved search. Conversationally rich, descriptive on a frame-by-frame basis, it’ll keep you chuckling from end to end, and tell you more about that era than you ever thought possible. As there’s something about proper film that inspires romance, how can you possibly like something that falls into the category of ‘cgi’ - computer generated imagery, i.e. a digitalised production? Early cellulose can be a very difficult film stock to handle - but our expert author does it very well.

Publisher:  Duckworth    

RRP: £16.99

ISBN:  978-0-7156-4990-9

Written by Bruce Edwards

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