Reeling Through Life

Reeling Through Life

How I Learned to Live, Love and Die at the Movies

eBook - 2015
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An "insightful [and] original blend of memoir and film criticism" explores how what we watch shapes our identities ( Chicago Tribune ).

Winner of the PEN Southwest Award for Creative Nonfiction

Through ten cleverly constructed essays, author, screenwriter, and passionate film buff Tara Ison explores how a lifetime of movie-watching has, for better or worse, taught her how to navigate the world and how to grapple with issues of career, family, faith, illness, sex, and love.

Cinema is a universal cultural experience, one that floods our senses with images and sounds, a powerful force that influences our perspective on the world around us. Ison takes a personal, in-depth look at how certain films across time shaped and molded who she has become. Drawing on a wide-ranging catalog of films, both cult and classic, popular and art-house, Reeling Through Life examines how cinema shapes our views on how to make love, how to deal with mental illness, how to be Jewish, how to be a woman, how to be a drunk, and how to die with style.

Rather than just a means of escape or mere entertainment, Ison posits that cinema is a way to slip into other identities and inhabit other realities--a way to orient oneself into the world. Reeling Though Life is a compelling look at how this popular art form has influenced the way we live our lives.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Soft Skull Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9781619025141
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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