The Films of Steven Spielberg / Edition 1

The Films of Steven Spielberg / Edition 1

by Charles L. P. Silet
     
 

ISBN-10: 081084348X

ISBN-13: 9780810843486

Pub. Date: 10/02/2002

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Steven Spielberg has fashioned an enviable career as a writer, producer, and director of American motion pictures, winning Academy Awards for Best Direction (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List), and for Best Film (Schindler's List). With David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg he founded Dreamworks SKG, already one of the most productive and respected studios in

Overview

Steven Spielberg has fashioned an enviable career as a writer, producer, and director of American motion pictures, winning Academy Awards for Best Direction (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List), and for Best Film (Schindler's List). With David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg he founded Dreamworks SKG, already one of the most productive and respected studios in Hollywood. Despite Spielberg's notable successes, however, his films have not avoided controversy. The Films of Steven Spielberg provides for the first time a collection of critical writings by professional film critics about the director and his films, bringing together many articles and reviews scattered in often inaccessible specialist publications and professional journals. The opinions vary from complimentary to critical, but they definitely provide a well-rounded view of the films and the director. Twelve of Spielberg's major box office hits, including Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial, The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, are discussed in essays that vary in complexity ranging from the heavily theoretical to the more general. This collection of essays, compiled for both film students and professionals in the film industry, attests to the influence of Spielberg and the films that have earned him a significant place in the history of cinema as one of America's most innovative and culturally important filmmakers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810843486
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/02/2002
Series:
Scarecrow Filmmakers Series, #94
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionxiii
Acknowledgmentsxxi
Chronologyxxv
Chapter 1Jaws1
Archetypal Landscapes and Jaws3
Integrating Ideology and Archetype in Rhetorical Criticism, Part II: A Case Study of Jaws15
Chapter 2Close Encounters of the Third Kind45
Language and the Music of the Spheres: Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind47
Chapter 3Raiders of the Lost Ark57
Raiders of the Lost Archetype: The Quest and the Shadow59
Chapter 4E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial69
The Look Back in E.T.71
Chapter 5The Color Purple91
The Color Purple as Everybody's Protest Art93
Chapter 6Empire of the Sun107
Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun: A Boy's Dream of War109
Ballard's Nightmares/Spielberg's Dreams: Empire of the Sun127
Chapter 7Always139
Raiders of the Lost Text141
Chapter 8Hook157
Robert Bly Does Peter Pan: The Inner Child as Father to the Man in Steven Spielberg's Hook159
Chapter 9Jurassic Park169
Dinomania171
Chapter 10Schindler's List189
The Economies of Schindler's List191
Narration and the Embodiment of Power in Schindler's List215
Chapter 11Amistad237
"Amistad" and the Abuse of History239
Chapter 12Saving Private Ryan249
Jerry Don't Surf251
The Director's Filmography257
Index269
About the Editor281
About the Contributors283

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