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  • The second flourish on Thompson guignol is that the narrator appears to be narrating the story from hell, his descent to which occupies the novel's final scene.

    Genre Fiction

  • As for the HBO pair, the network's big publicity push for the show's second-season premiere is likely to remind voters of how amusingly grand guignol Paquin was in Blood.

    Who should receive Emmy nominations? Tough call

  • He's going to be Chris Wallace for the day, as they show discusses the upcoming midterm election slaughter-guignol that the GOP is going to hand to the Democrats and the Dems plan to defend themselves, with words.

    TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

  • A victim of possession, played with grand-guignol gusto by Marta Gastini, responds to Father Lucas's ministrations with elaborate writhings and squirmings; a male victim wouldn't have given the genre its requisite sexual charge.

    Hopkins Can't Right 'Rite'

  • Conveying the idea, as McNally does, that opera is an elevated farce may work for laughs, or even for grand-guignol tragedy (the end of “The Lisbon Traviata,” when opera invades life).

    McNally's nights at the opera

  • And if not the star of a piece of musical grand guignol, they were lionised as indefatigable outlaws.

    Readers recommend songs about villains: The results

  • Anthony DiBlasi's movie Dread may be compelling for folks who haven't read the Clive Barker story that inspired it, but anyone who admires the grand guignol audacity of that story will likely be disappointed by the film.


  • There are shortcomings: the set is a little too hotel-like, the lighting gets a bit Mahiki at times, and Valmont's blood-stained ghost is a grand guignol effect too far, but otherwise Dangerous Liaisons is a very sophisticated pleasure indeed.

    Shoes; Dangerous Liaisons

  • The bilious bickering that passes for discourse lately is grand guignol, a theatrical presentation, a flimsy high tech dumb show which doesn't begin to describe the state of our disunion.

    Steven Weber: Myth Understood

  • The rest of us were too stunned to think that it was actually happening, that the Republicans would kill everyone and everything to wrest control back from a citizenry which wanted nothing more of their Grand Old Party's grand guignol.

    Steven Weber: Revolution #2009


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  • "... a grand guignol version of naturalism.." Joe Cleary

    July 18, 2007