DescriptionIn Lives Beyond Us, cinema’s animal actors take top billing in a stampede of poems and essays. The dogs of Hollywood confess all, two owls provide commentary on Night of the Hunter and Jones the space cat finally speaks.
Critical essays meet poetic responses in this beautiful, chunky volume. The essays and poems inside address the varied roles animals have played throughout the history of film. From the first chronophotographic experiments in capturing animal movement to the CGI facsimiles of the modern era, from Hitchcock to Lynch, cartoons to military metaphors, sharks to protozoa, Lives Beyond Us considers an array of cinematic fauna, along with their relationship to humans – as our companions, our subjects, our alter-egos and our guides.