At the turn of the millennium cinema permeates all of our lives. From the Lumiere brothers' first public film screening at the end of the nineteenth century to the technical wizardry at the end of the twentieth, it has both recorded and created our history. Its images and icons are part of our collective consciousness. We are all film buffs now. But does the end of the century also herald the 'End of Cinema'? Has mainstream, formulaic, big-budget moviemaking triumphed over all other alternatives? Covering subjects as diverse as avant-garde cinema, B-movies, blue movies, bad movies and Nazi propaganda, with texts by filmmakers and non-specialists - Orson Welles, Fellini, Updike on Burton and Taylor, Mailer on Marilyn - this is a refreshing corrective to the Hollywood bias.