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Empire of dreams : the science fiction and fantasy films of Steven Spielberg

Author: Andrew Gordon
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the 1970s and 1980s, along with George Lucas, Spielberg helped spark the renaissance of American SF and fantasy film, and he has remained highly productive and prominent in these genres ever since. SF, fantasy, and horror films form the bulk of his work for over thirty years; of the twenty-six theatrical features he directed from 1971 to 2005, sixteen are of these genres, a coherent and impressive body of work.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Gordon, Andrew, 1945-
Empire of dreams.
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, ©2008
(OCoLC)608481722
Named Person: Steven Spielberg; Spielberg; Steven Spielberg; Steven Spielberg; Steven Spielberg; Steven Spielberg
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Gordon
ISBN: 9780742555778 0742555771 9780742555785 074255578X
OCLC Number: 144570924
Description: x, 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: "I dream for a living" --
Duel (1971): paranoid style --
Jaws (1975): hydrophobia --
Close encounters of the third kind (1977; rev. 1980): unidentified flying object relations --
E.T. (1982) as fairy tale --
Poltergeist (1982): divorce American style --
Raiders of the lost Ark (1981): totem and taboo --
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984): bad medicine --
Indiana Jones and the last Crusade (1989): raiders of the lost father --
Always (1989) and the eternal triangle --
Short films: "Kick the can" (1983) and "The mission" (1986) --
Hook (1991): Peter Pan syndrome --
Jurassic Park (1993) and The lost world: Jurassic Park (1997): Jaws on land --
A.I. (Artificial intelligence) (2001): separation anxiety --
Minority report (2002): Oedipus redux --
War of the worlds (2005) and trauma culture --
Conclusion: moving toward the light.
Responsibility: Andrew M. Gordon.
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A look at various science fiction, fantasy, and horror films directed by Steven Spielberg, one of the contemporary filmmakers.  Read more...

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