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Encountering the Impossible: The Fantastic in Hollywood Fantasy Cinema

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Encountering the Impossible : The Fantastic in Hollywood Fantasy Cinema. / Sergeant, Alexander John.

State University of New York Press, 2021. 304 p. (Horizons of Cinema).

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Sergeant AJ. Encountering the Impossible: The Fantastic in Hollywood Fantasy Cinema. State University of New York Press, 2021. 304 p. (Horizons of Cinema).

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Sergeant, Alexander John. / Encountering the Impossible : The Fantastic in Hollywood Fantasy Cinema. State University of New York Press, 2021. 304 p. (Horizons of Cinema).

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