Séance Infernale

Séance Infernale

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"The time: 2002. Alex Whitman, a movie memorabilia dealer who can find anything, is hired by an eccentric film collector to locate what could be the first film ever made, Séance Infernale. Its creator, Augustin Sekuler, is considered by those who know about movies to be the true inventor of motion pictures--not the Lumiere brothers; or Thomas Edison. In 1890, Sekular had boarded a train from Dijon, headed to Paris, days before he was to present to the world his greatest new invention, the first of its kind--a moving picture machine. Sekuler never arrived at Gare de Lyon station. He and his moving picture machine vanished, never to be heard from again. When Alex Whitman tracks down what might be fragments of Sekuler's famously lost film, questions are raised--about Sekuler, about what happened to him and to his invention, and about the film itself. And the stakes become ratcheted up as the film's riddles lead to a darker, far more dangerous mystery"--
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101970508
1101970502
9781101946732
1101946733
Branch Call Number: FIC Skar
Characteristics: 296 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm

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WhidbeyIslander
Sep 17, 2017

Very disappointed in what sounded like an intriguing book. The idea of following a character as he searches for what may be the first motion picture, lost since the 1880's, was promising; and the parts about that search were interesting (despite the fact that the searcher was kind of a jerk.) I was interested in what secret this lost film hid, but a parallel plot about a serial killer who abducts small girls was unpleasant and although I'm sure the two plots come together at some point, I won't know since I stopped reading about a third of the way through after more unpleasantness.

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WhidbeyIslander
Sep 01, 2017

Very disappointed in what sounded like an intriguing book. The idea of following a character as he searches for what may be the first motion picture, lost since the 1880's, was promising; and the parts about that search were interesting (despite the fact that the searcher was kind of a jerk.) But a parallel plot about a serial killer who abducts small girls was unpleasant and although I'm sure the two plots come together at some point, I won't know since I stopped reading about a third of the way through after more unpleasantness.

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