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Moving Pictures is the name of the tenth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, published in 1990. The book takes place in Discworld's most famous city, Ankh-Morpork and a town called "Holy Wood". The book uses the name as a thin veil to aim at the Hollywood world and its problems.

Plot introduction[]

The alchemists of the Discworld have invented moving pictures. Many hopefuls are drawn by the siren call of Holy Wood, home of the fledgling "clicks" industry – among them Victor Tugelbend ("Can't sing. Can't dance. Can handle a sword a little."), a dropout from Ankh-Morpork's Unseen University and Theda "Ginger" Withel, a girl "from a little town you never ever heard of", who become stars, and the Discworld's most infamous salesman, Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler, who introduces commerce to the equation and becomes a successful producer. Meanwhile, it gradually becomes clear that the production of movies is having a deleterious effect on the structure of reality.


  • While unlikely (considering the events between Eric and Interesting Times), it could possibly be argued that Rincewind makes a cameo of sorts, at least obliquely. At one point, an unknown person speaking in Borgle's commissary refers to a wizard appearing in a moving picture; when another person points out that there are no wizards in Holy Wood, the first responds "Oh, this one's all right. He's not very good at the wizarding."

See also[]


  • Подвижни образи (Bulgarian)
  • Pohyblivé obrázky (Czech)
  • Rollende Prenten (Dutch)
  • Liikuvad pildid (Estonian)
  • Elävät kuvat (Finnish)
  • Les Zinzins d’Olive-Oued (French)
  • Voll im Bilde (German)
  • ראי-נוע (Ra'ay No'a) (Hebrew)
  • Mozgó képek (Hungarian)
  • Stelle cadenti (Italian)
  • Levende bilder (Norwegian)
  • Ruchome obrazki (Polish)
  • A Magia de Holy Wood (Portuguese - Brazil)
  • Движущиеся картинки (Russian)
  • Pokretne slike (Serbian)
  • Imágenes en Acción (Spanish)
  • Rörliga bilder (Swedish)
  • Hareketli Resimler (Turkish)

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