Films Of Steven Spielberg / Edition 1

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810843486
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Series: The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series, #94
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 1,413,941
  • Product dimensions: 0.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles L. P. Silet is Professor of English at Iowa State University. In 1998 he received the Excellence in Honors Teaching Award from the University Honors Program. He has published fourteen books including Oliver Stone: Interviews [2001, University Press of Mississippi].

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Jaws 1
Archetypal Landscapes and Jaws 3
Integrating Ideology and Archetype in Rhetorical Criticism, Part II: A Case Study of Jaws 15
Ch. 2 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 45
Language and the Music of the Spheres: Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind 47
Ch. 3 Raiders of the Lost Ark 57
Raiders of the Lost Archetype: The Quest and the Shadow 59
Ch. 4 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 69
The Look Back in E.T. 71
Ch. 5 The Color Purple 91
The Color Purple as Everybody's Protest Art 93
Ch. 6 Empire of the Sun 107
Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun: A Boy's Dream of War 109
Ballard's Nightmares/Spielberg's Dreams: Empire of the Sun 127
Ch. 7 Always 139
Raiders of the Lost Text 141
Ch. 8 Hook 157
Robert Bly Does Peter Pan: The Inner Child as Father to the Man in Steven Spielberg's Hook 159
Ch. 9 Jurassic Park 169
Dinomania 171
Ch. 10 Schindler's List 189
The Economies of Schindler's List 191
Narration and the Embodiment of Power in Schindler's List 215
Ch. 11 Amistad 237
"Amistad" and the Abuse of History 239
Ch. 12 Saving Private Ryan 249
Jerry Don't Surf 251
The Director's Filmography 257
Index 269
About the Editor 281
About the Contributors 283
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