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on 9 January 2002
Schrek is truly a pioneer into one of the most woefully uncharted areas of cinematic representation- that of the ultimate 'baddie' icon, Satan. If you worry that only followers of the Dark Arts will enjoy this book, think again. Reading this book does not involve selling your soul but instead takes you on a chronological tour of the Devil on screen,from 1896 until the millenium. Partly a succinct history of cinema itself, the author also covers all aspects of the history of the multi-cultural Devil whose roots can be traced to pre-Christianity.This bad boy has been a favourite of audiences since film began and this is the first academic book brave enough to question why. As a film student I appreciate Schrek's attention to detail but his style is one of intelligent humorous entertainment and is anything but a dull,dry read. Whether monstrous, lecherous or comic, Lucifer is always highly engrossing. With this book, this enduring film star finally gets the mainstream recognition he/she/it deserves!
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