The Hollywood Hallucination  

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"What is religion? Is it not strictly speaking the spiritual illumination of the dark?"--The Hollywood Hallucination (1944) by Parker Tyler

"As a reader I am peculiarly, indeed fatally, attracted to the special kind of critical daring practiced by Parker Tyler in The Hollywood Hallucination and Magic and Myth of the Movies."--Richard Schickel in the opening lines to The Hollywood Hallucination (1944) by Parker Tyler

"The strip-tease girl of burlesque is but a step and a shake toward “waking up” the showgirl; namely, toward achieving that reality of sex which the poorer man finds necessary for his evening hallucinations, since he cannot buy—even in the imagination—the shimmer and sheen of the showgirl."--The Hollywood Hallucination (1944) by Parker Tyler

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The Hollywood Hallucination (1944) by Parker Tyler is a non-fiction book about the American film industry.

"The first of Parker Tyler’s books of imaginative film criticism, derived in part from his View essays. The Hollywood Hallucination introduces Tyler’s critical arabesques, elaborated in his later books, concerning Mae West, Mickey Mouse, the Good Villain and the Bad Hero, and the “somnambules”; and his Duchamp-like preoccupation with the mechanics of the body, especially in the essay “Of Mickey and Monsters,” and in the lyrical closing chapter’s meditations on the eye. An introduction by Henry Miller, commissioned by Tyler but rejected by the publisher, appeared in Miller’s Sunday After the War (Norfolk, Connecticut: New Directions, 1944) as “Original Preface to ‘Hollywood’s Hallucination’” [sic]. Characteristically, Miller’s essay has as little to do with Tyler’s book as his The Time of the Assassins has to do with Rimbaud." --[1]


I.The Play Is Not the Thing 3 II.Hollywood’s Surrealist Eye 22 III. The Technicolor of Love 37 IV. The Somnambules 74 V. The Good Villain and the Bad Hero 100 VI.Of Mickey and Monsters 137 VII.Orpheus a la Hollywood 155 VIII.John Doe; or, the False Ending 168 IX. “... Where the Body Lies” 190 X.To Be or Not to Be; or, the Cartoon Triumphant 208 XI.The Human Mask 222 XII.The Daylight Dream 230

Publishing history

New York: Creative Age, 1944. Introduction by Iris Barry. [b] New York: Simon and Schuster, 1970. Introduction by Richard Schickel.

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