Leonard Maltin on Matinee Melodrama

LEONARD MALTIN on Matinee Melodrama: The new book by Scott Higgins was selected as one of Maltin’s new and notable reads for September 2016

Leonard Maltin on Matinee MelodramaSelected as a new and noteworthy book for September 2016, read Leonard Maltin’s review of Scott Higgins’ ‘Matinee Melodrama: Playing with Formula in the Sound Serial’ in full on LeonardMaltin.com.

As someone who screens Zorro’s Fighting Legion for his students every year, I derived particular enjoyment from Higgins’ canny analysis of the ingredients that make up every chapter, and how the storytellers cleverly stretch and compress time. I hope this valuable book inspires other film teachers to explore the wonders of the sound serial.

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