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Night Film

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  51,037 Ratings  ·  7,587 Reviews
Everybody has a Cordova story. Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn't been seen in public since 1977. To his fans he is an enigma. To journalist Scott McGrath he is the enemy. To Ashley he was a father.

On a damp October night the body of young, beautiful Ashley Cordova is found in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her suicide appears to be the latest traged
Hardcover, First Edition, 602 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by Random House (first published July 16th 2013)
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M Jessica, me too! :) In addition to the Lynch, Kubrick and von Trier suggested below, I'd also suggest Dario Argento's 'Suspiria.' It ends in a silly…moreJessica, me too! :) In addition to the Lynch, Kubrick and von Trier suggested below, I'd also suggest Dario Argento's 'Suspiria.' It ends in a silly way but up until then it's very eerie, with a nice, creepy score, and amazing visuals/production design.(less)

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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Oct 06, 2015 Jesse (JesseTheReader) rated it really liked it
HOLY MOLY THIS BOOK WAS FANTASTIC. F A N T A S T I C. The only reason I'm giving it a 4.5 is because it felt unnecessarily long. Even though I flew through this sucker, I feel like it could have been condensed a bit. Other than that this was SO SO SO GOOD. AHHH.
good lord, remember marisha pessl?? she of Special Topics in Calamity Physics fame?? remember the immense fawning hordes of fans and the praise surrounding that book?? you might not, it was 7 years ago and all. but it was a Very Big Deal at the time.

and it was a book that i personally thought was just okay. i am a tough judge of books that claim to be like The Secret History. i might have said this once or twice or a dozen times on the internet. and i thought special topics was fine, just a litt
Raeleen Lemay
Sep 22, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own
Sovereign. Deadly. Perfect.

Dec 04, 2013 eb rated it it was ok
A failure on nearly every level. The characters are paper-flat, they all speak in exactly the same (preposterous) voice, and none of them develop an inch. "But that's okay," you might argue; "Pessl's writing a thriller, and plot is her main concern." Fine, but the plot of this novel is deeply, deeply boring. Night Film reads like a would-be thriller by someone who's never actually read a thriller or a mystery. The protagonist stumps around from obvious clue to obvious clue, talking to a host of ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Has it happened yet? Have the oh-so-annoying cover notations calling every new release the “new Gone Girl” ceased and “the new Night Film” labels taken over?. If so, the loud bang you will soon hear will be my head exploding.

If Kubrick, Polanski, Hitchock, and Tarantino had a twisted little baby, his name would most likely have been Stanislas Cordova. A genius who gained fame immediately after his first horror film release – Cordova has spent his life in exile on his private estate (hmmmmm, ma
Mohammed Arabey
Dec 14, 2016 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رواية جهنمية رهيبة، 599 صفحة من مزيج عجيب من التوتر،الرعب وسحر السينما
الخوف،الانتقام،الريبة،الأخلاص،التسامح ومشاعر صارت نادرة بعالمنا المادي التجاري

تنقلك لحالة غريبة محورها مخرج سينمائي مثير للجدل..مخرج كهؤلاء العمالقة الغرباء

ولكنه أكثر ظلاما وجنونا..إنه ستانليس كوردوفا..الذي ستشعر كأنك تعيش فعلا في أحد أفلامه..الفيـلم الليـلي

~~سبع علامات تحدد ان كان يناسبك دخول ومشاهدة الفيلم الليلي~~

***إن كنت من هواة سحر السينما،وعباقرة المخرجين بالاخص أولئك ذوي الأسرار،وافلامهم التي تقتحم النفس البشرية
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Today is the day Night Film hits the shelves!

I received a copy of this book from first reads giveaway. :) :) :)

May I just say WOW!

This was a case of love at first sight. I fell in love with NIGHT FILM before I even knew what it was about.

I was trolling through the Goodreads giveaways and spotted the cover and I thought "I must have this book!" Then I read the blurb, and I said to myself " I reeeeeeeeeeally must have this book!" So I watched and I waited for what seemed like a really looooong
Nov 16, 2014 Regan rated it it was amazing
well uh, this was a mind f*cker

"to the edge of the end" - yup sums it up I would say
Dec 05, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it
It is often the roll your eye moments of books or movies that weaken the reading/viewing experience for me, but I have to be honest in saying that I cannot always define what exactly triggers those eye rolls. I think sometimes it is the predictability of the plot, other times the outrageousness of coincidence or lack of plausibility. If I get the impression I am being manipulated to feel a certain way, I bristle and balk. But what happens when a book commits one or more of these grave errors and ...more
Jennifer Masterson
Apr 08, 2016 Jennifer Masterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
4.5 Stars. I listened to the audio version.

I'm late to the party but boy am I glad I went! This book has been reviewed to death so I will just give my thoughts on it.

This is a fantastic audiobook if you have the time! It's over 23 hours!

5 Stars for the story, especially since it kept me guessing until the end.

4 Stars for how this book translated into audio. There were a couple parts that were difficult but if you have a copy of the book on hand it will help.

5 Huge Stars for the narration by ac
Nov 28, 2015 Kemper rated it liked it
Recommended to Kemper by: Dan Schwent
Either I’m a lot dumber than I thought, or this book isn’t as smart as it thinks it is. Or maybe both. Ambiguity! It’s a bitch.

Scott McGrath used to be a hotshot investigative journalist until he started looking into mysterious and reclusive film director Stanilas Cordova who has been holed up in his remote estate making underground masterpieces of suspense that seem to ruin the lives of almost everyone involved with them. (Think M. Night Shyamalan before we all realized that he actually sucks.
Dan Schwent
Sep 29, 2015 Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dan by: Edward Lorn
Shelves: 2015
When the daughter of a legendary reclusive film director commits suicide, disgraced investigative reporter Scott McGrath sees his chance for redemption, for he crossed paths with the director, Stanislas Cordova, years before, costing him his family and his career. What will McGrath find when he begins tugging at the strands of Cordova's web?

When I interviewed Edward Lorn for my book blog, he mentioned this among his favorite books. At the time, I saw that it had some post-modern aspects and dism
Emma Giordano
Jul 11, 2016 Emma Giordano rated it it was amazing

I absolutely ADORED Night Film! I had been putting off this book for quite a while 1. because it's GIANT and 2. it's adult, and I am primarily a young adult reader. The synopsis of the book really intrigued me because I am such a junkie for anything psychological, thrilling, investigative, and mysterious, so I felt that Night Film would be the perfect fit for me . . . AND IT WAS!

Night Film was honestly SO gripping! The visualization of this story was off the charts;
Sep 11, 2013 Scarlet rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who prefer the chase, not the treasure.

Night Film opens with one hell of a prologue - easily the best I have ever come across. Those opening pages exude such authentic creepiness that it becomes impossible to not keep turning the pages, to not want to know more about the enigma of the reclusive legendary Hollywood director, Stanislas Cordova. This, I believe, is Pessl's greatest achievement here. With multimedia inclusions and some tight writing, she manages to do in a handful of pages what so many authors spend entire books tryin
Back in high school English class, when the topic turned to themes or leitmotifs or metaphors that was my cue to zone out and explore my theoretical sex life; consequently, a book that wears this kind of stuff on its sleeve has a tendency to leave me cold – it all swirls around a creepy, reclusive film director whose work challenges his fans to rethink what the meaning of life is all about. (Whatever happened to Joel Schumacher?) Toss in the death of his daughter (Did she jump or was she pushed? ...more
Dec 22, 2013 Oriana rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Oriana by: Greg
Oh la, I have the greatest friends: Karen Queen of Goodreads and Greg King of B&N conspired to help me get my hot little hands on an ARC of this a bunch of months before it's published.

But of course, I now find myself in a very precarious position. I mean, I want to jump and shout and tell you all about this crazy amazing book and how brilliant and sprawling and incredible it is! But that would be irresponsible and cruel, because this book is just loaded with spoiler-traps, and it would be
Mar 21, 2013 Greg rated it it was amazing
If in Vegas there were futures bets available on authors I would have imagine that Marisha Pessl would have been a pretty sure thing on hitting the sophomore slump. I could picture the odds being something like -1400, or somewhere around +1200 for surpassing her first book.

She was the 'it' writer for a season. Some people loved her book (I would be in that camp). Some thought it was overly derivative (I'm in that camp, too!) and some turned their noses up at it, but it got a lot of attention. I
Jeffrey Keeten
May 04, 2016 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it
Shelves: gothic
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”Whatever the truth about Cordova, within fifteen horrifying films, he taught us how our eyes and minds perpetually deceive us--that what we know to be certain never is.”

In the shadows stood a girl in a red coat.

Stanislas Cordova disappeared from public life thirty years ago. Scott McGrath, an investigative reporter, made an attempt to uncover the truth about Cordova and his films. McGrath paid a heavy price financially when Cordova sued him, and also professionally when some of his allegations
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I started this book Friday and my whole weekend involved it. I'm a nosy bit so I kept leaving it to Google things that come up in the story. The author did an amazing job of her research. She was spot on everything that I had questions about. This book is so very dark though. I had several times that I had to leave it alone because I honestly felt so creeped out that I felt like I was being watched.
I'm not going to go into the story line because really you should read this book. Dark magic, witc

I'm not one to look a gift ARC in the mouth (particularly one that I was REALLY looking forward to reading) but, sadly, I just can't embrace the lumbering, sprawling, epic-in-length (though hardly -in-content) "thriller", Marisha Pessl's Night Film. I'd heard so many good things about Ms. Pessl's first novel, Special Topics In Calamity Physics, and the premise for this novel sounded can't-miss, but ultimately I was pretty disappointed, wondering why the hell the book was 600 pages long (and felt
Aug 28, 2013 Maciek rated it liked it
Recommended to Maciek by: Patrice Hoffman
Night Film received a lot of hype even before its publication, being the sophomore effort of Marisha Pessl, who came to fame with her 2006 debut Special Topics in Calamity Physics . I haven't read it but remember it being well-received by the critics and gaining some popularity with the readers, which wasn't bad for a first try. Ms. Pessl's second book was surrounded by quite a lot of hype even before its publication, with readers impatiently awaiting the day of its release. Well, now the book ...more
Jul 31, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Disappointing. The woo-woo spookiness was captivating for about 200 pages, but then it just went on and on and my eyes began to roll with boredom. Wasn’t intrigued by Cordova; never fully believed McGrath would team up with two amateurs; thought it was oh-so-convenient how one clue always seemed to lead directly to another; scoffed when I learned who now runs The Peak (and McGrath never discovered that when he apparently could discover what someone ate for breakfast?); and double scoffed when ma ...more
Moira Russell
I have absolutely no idea why this has so many FIVE-STAR reviews. Y'all are tripping. And all that ranting about OMG SPOILERS SUCH AN INTRICATE STRUCTURE SPOILERS? Bullshit. I will lay this book out for you:

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Πολύ κακό για το τίποτα....
Με αυτή τη φρασούλα κλειδί θα αρχίσω το σχολιασμό του βιβλιου!
Αρχίζει με αναμονή και προσδοκία για πολύ μυστήριο-ζοφερό κοσμο-μαύρη μαγεία-αποκρυφισμό και κολασμένες υπάρξεις που σέρνονται καπου αναμεσα στο πάθος και το λάθος!
Ο 'βασιλιάς του ζοφερού κόσμου της τέχνης '
Ο 'υποχθονιος άρχοντας του κακού'και του ψυχικού εξαγνισμού πρωταγωνιστεί σε όλο το βιβλιο και μαθαίνουμε τις αποτρόπαιες πράξεις του απο τους θαυμαστές που εχει αποκτήσει πουλώντας αριστοτεχνικά πονο,φόβ
Night Film is Marisha Pessl's second novel and, in a nutshell, it is stunning. I hope I still have plenty of excellent reads to come in 2013, but they're going to have a hell of a hard time living up to this.

The protagonist of this epic, ambitious tale is Scott McGrath, formerly an extremely successful investigative journalist, whose professional reputation was destroyed when he was found to have made false allegations against Stanislas Cordova, an infamously reclusive film director. He lost his
Sep 27, 2013 Hannah rated it it was ok
Shelves: hate-reads
Marisha Pessl is the literary equivalent of the Bachelor franchise. Despite harboring active dislike of and ideological objection to the preceding installment(s), I find myself consuming the next, somehow both numbingly bored and utterly transfixed. My ennui sends me into a state of torpor that itself becomes an addictive fascination, and I find myself reveling in it as though tripping on maudlin self-pity. Only my objections to Pessl’s work, like my objections to the Bachelor, have little to do ...more
I feel like I’ve just had my brain matter sucked from my skull through a straw, whipped vigorously by a whisk, baked into a quiche, and then returned to my head. Like six times.

That’s Night Film in a nutshell. It’s an engrossing read that is less of a book and more of an experience. Marisha Pessl is one of those rare authors who brings life not only to a story but to a world. Her world in Night Film is similar to our own, plus a single distortion: Stanislas Cordova, the enigmatic and acclaimed
So as I was thinking about this book, I was struck by just how much of a search for god or the devil it had become, a true horror in the evocative feels, a true mystery by it's investigations and second-guessing, and a jaw-dropping mind-romp when I simply consider the tale as written by a master storyteller, or Cordova. It doesn't really matter.

The artist and the art are all one and the same, here, and I avoided *most* reviews on this book because there's been a lot of loving and hating going on
Aug 14, 2013 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy of "Night Film" by Marisha Pessl through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest. This was an amazing literary thriller, so well written.

On October 13, 2011, a body was found in a vacant Chinatown warehouse in New York, was identified by the medical examiner as Ashley Cordova, the daughter of the American film director Stanislas Cordova. She was twenty-four.

The cause of death had not yet been determined, but Ashley had a history of depression and suicide. She was a classical pianist and chil
Dec 24, 2013 Jonfaith rated it did not like it
Mercy me, why am I a masochist? Why do I pursue to suffer? To what do I atone? There was little doubt after Night Film's opening that it was crap, a crap larded with Sebaldean images and page freezes from Twitter and ominous blogs, sure, but I KNEW it was shit. Maybe we should return to the opening. It rained here all day Saturday; we had close to five inches. A friend and I were early for a holiday gathering and ducked into the library. I pulled Night Film off the shelf and quickly read the Wil ...more
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Marisha Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and now lives in New York City. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, her debut novel, was a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. It won the 2006 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize), and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Her ...more
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