Book Review — “Death in Classic & Contemporary Cinema”

Cries and Whispers (1972, 91 minutes, Sweden, Dir. Ingmar Bergman)

Death in Classic and Contemporary Film: Fade to Black (Sullivan and Greenberg, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) is a fantastic collection of essays which surgically examines cinema as a lens through which to understand our relationship with death. If cinema is as Shakespeare believed the role of dramatic performance to be “whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold, as ‘twere, the mirror…