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Interesting but sloppily edited
on 26 February 2008
A nice book to dip into, with some photos I hadn't seen before and more detail than anyone could hope for on the making of these films. Sadly, Mr Kinsey's authority is undermined by an apparent lack of proofreading. Almost every page seems to contain one or more grammatical, spelling or even factual errors. Just a few random examples:
On page 95 we have references to both "pteradactyls" and "pterodactyls". Even my spell checker in Microsoft Word spotted this. On page 179 a work named Jonocek's Gregolithic Mass is mentioned: this is presumably Janácek's Glagolitic Mass. (I do know how to spell this composer's name, by the way, and even with Amazon removing accented characters from my text, I've got closer than Mr Kinsey!) On page 310 we have Yvonne Fearneux (instead of Furneaux). There are many more proofing errors, but I think I've made the point.
Unfortunately spelling and grammar don't seem to be the only problems. On page 170 the book discusses the making of "The Vampire Lovers" in 1969. There is a reference to "the shapely figure of 25 year old Ingrid Pitt". As this would mean she was born around 1944, it is clearly incorrect. Much has been made of Ms Pitt's experiences during World War II, including childhood in a concentration camp. On-line sources give her year of birth as 1937. Even if she was being economical with the truth as to her age then, the reader is entitled to expect that Mr Kinsey would spot this kind of thing and at least mention that there's some uncertainty over her age. The obviousness of this kind of mistake to a fan makes me question the accuracy of much of the book.
In a professional publication, there really shouldn't be so many glaring errors. I'm not sorry I bought it, but hope that one day there'll be a second edition with these problems fixed.