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Fantasy cinema : impossible worlds on screen

Author: David Butler
Publisher: London ; New York : Wallflower, 2009.
Series: Short cuts (London, England), 44.
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"Often dismissed as simple escapist tales of sword and sorcery, fantasy is one of the fundamental impulses in filmmaking, a source of some of the most vivid and memorable films ever made that reaches far beyond the confines of a single genre. As well as some of the major genres, stylistic approaches and exponents of cinematic fantasy--from Georges Méliè̀s, Walt Disney, and Andrei Tarkovsky to contemporary  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Butler, David, 1974-
Fantasy cinema.
London ; New York : Wallflower, 2009
(OCoLC)760170681
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Butler
ISBN: 9781906660161 1906660166
OCLC Number: 286521488
Description: 146 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Contents: Introduction : the problem of fantasy --
Establishing fantasy : definitions and developments --
Types of fantasy : angels, genies, swords and sorcerers --
Realising fantasy : audio-visual style --
Interpreting fantasy : functions and beliefs.
Series Title: Short cuts (London, England), 44.
Responsibility: David Butler.
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"Often dismissed as simple escapist tales of sword and sorcery, fantasy is one of the fundamental impulses in filmmaking, a source of some of the most vivid and memorable films ever made that reaches far beyond the confines of a single genre. As well as some of the major genres, stylistic approaches and exponents of cinematic fantasy--from Georges Méliè̀s, Walt Disney, and Andrei Tarkovsky to contemporary fantasists such as Terry Gilliam and Peter Jackson--this volume focuses on fantasy's social function with case studies including The Thief of Baghdad (1924), Excalibur (1981), the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03), and Bruce Almighty (2003). Taking in the popular and the experimental, subversive desires and reactionary dreams, this book is an accessible introduction to one of the vital energies in cinema."--Page 4 of cover.

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