What’s makes a superhero film into a hit? Why are heist movies like musicals? And what really makes a horror film terrifying?
Despite the title, there’s no “secret” to Secrets of Cinema, a new three-part BBC4 series of which begins this week. Instead the programme is about the things we recognise, but perhaps haven’t acknowledged, in cinema; the recurrent stories, themes and tropes that underlie the movies we love.
From the outset, Kim Newman’s involvement as lead writer on Secrets of Cinema was...
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