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Liz Knox

Vancouver, Canada: Self-published, 2013 

[115 pp.], 21 x 14 x 1 cm., softcover

Signed and numbered edition of 50


Scenarios for fifty-five films are laid out, one to a page. At times they sound like they could be read by the voice-over artist in a particularly ambiguous trailer:


One kiss. A duel. Two men with bandages on their heads. 


Others read like descriptions for comedic shorts:


A woman loses her robe. A man teases her. 


In fact, the films are classic Hollywood features. The above two are Michael Powell's The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and Capra's It's a Wonderful Life. Others include Guys and Dolls, Torn Curtains, How To Steal a Million and Dr Strangelove.


The descriptions are like found poems, lifted directly from user-generated content advisories posted to the Internet Movie Database. Idiosyncratically reductive, the texts reveal contemporary North American taboos:  nudity, sex, violence, smoking and drinking.

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