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• Maureen Turim, Flashbacks in Film. Memory & History (London and New York: Routledge, 1989), 278 pp., £35.00 (hardback)


Flashbacks in Film is an ambitious work, from the point of view of both approach and material: silent American and Japanese cinema; Hollywood sound films turning on the two World Wars; film noir of the forties; and modernist cinema, European and Japanese. For reasons of space and competence, I shall concentrate on the Hollywood sound period, as it is here that Turim is particularly interesting, while at the same time revealing certain weaknesses in her approach.