In Citizen Spielberg, Lester D. Friedman fills that void with a systematic analysis of the various genres in which the director has worked, including science fiction (E.T.), adventure (Raiders trilogy), race films (The Color Purple, ...

Author: Lester D. Friedman

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252091292

Category: Performing Arts

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Steven Spielberg is the director or producer of over one third of the thirty highest grossing films of all time, yet most film scholars dismiss him as little more than a modern P. T. Barnum--a technically gifted and intellectually shallow showman who substitutes spectacle for substance. To date, no book has attempted to analyze the components of his worldview, the issues which animate his most significant works, the roots of his immense acceptance, and the influence his vast spectrum of imaginative products exerts on the public consciousness. In Citizen Spielberg, Lester D. Friedman fills that void with a systematic analysis of the various genres in which the director has worked, including science fiction (E.T.), adventure (Raiders trilogy), race films (The Color Purple, Amistad), and war films (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List). Friedman concludes that Spielberg’s films present a sustained artistic vision combined with a technical flair matched by few other filmmakers, and makes a compelling case for Spielberg to be considered as a major film artist.
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Kubrick s Story Spielberg s Film

Dennis Muren and Bonnie Curtis quoted in Lester D. Friedman, Citizen Spielberg
(Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2006), 48. 8. Spielberg,
foreword to Harlan and Struthers, From Stanley Kubrick to Steven Spielberg, 7;
see this ...

Author: Julian Rice

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442278196

Category: Performing Arts

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In 1963 Stanley Kubrick declared, “Dr. Strangelove came from my desire to do something about the nuclear nightmare.” Thirty years later, he was preparing to film another story about the human impulse for self-destruction. Unfortunately, the director passed away in 1999, before his project could be fully realized. However, fellow visionary Steven Spielberg took on the venture, and A.I. Artificial Intelligence debuted in theaters two years after Kubrick’s death. While Kubrick’s concept shares similarities with the finished film, there are significant differences between his screenplay and Spielberg's production. In Kubrick’s Story, Spielberg’s Film: A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Julian Rice examines the intellectual sources and cinematic processes that expressed the extraordinary ideas of one great artist through the distinctive vision of another. A.I. is decidedly a Kubrick film in its concern for the future of the world, and it is both a Kubrick and a Spielberg film in the alienation of its central character. However, Spielberg’s alienated characters evolve through friendships, while Kubrick’s protagonists are markedly alone. Rice explores how the directors’ disparate sensibilities aligned and where they diverged. By analyzing Kubrick’s treatment and Spielberg’s finished film, Rice compares the imaginations of two gifted but very different filmmakers and draws conclusions about their unique conceptions. Kubrick’s Story, Spielberg’s Film is a fascinating look into the creative process of two of cinema’s most profound auteurs and will appeal to scholars of film as well as to fans of both directors.
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Steven Spielberg

Spielberg's 1982 purchase of a sled from Citizen Kane was reported in "
Spielberg Acquires Original 'Rosebud Sled," DV, June 11; Caulfield, "Citizen
Spielberg," LAT, June 11; and "Citizen Spielberg's Purchase," NYT, June 13.
Sources on ...

Author: Joseph McBride

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1604738375

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Until the first edition of Steven Spielberg: A Biography was published in 1997, much about Spielberg’s personality and the forces that shaped it had remained enigmatic, in large part because of his tendency to obscure and mythologize his own past. But in this first full-scale, in-depth biography of Spielberg, Joseph McBride reveals hidden dimensions of the filmmaker’s personality and shows how deeply personal even his most commercial work has been. This new edition adds four chapters to Spielberg’s life story, chronicling his extraordinarily active and creative period from 1997 to the present, a period in which he has balanced his executive duties as one of the partners in the film studio DreamWorks SKG with a remarkable string of films as a director. Spielberg’s ambitious recent work—including Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, A. I. Artifucial Intelligence, Minority Report, The Terminal and Munich—has continually expanded his range both stylistically and in terms of adventurous, often controversial, subject matter. Steven Spielberg: A Biography brought about a reevaluation of the great filmmaker’s life and work by those who viewed him as merely a facile entertainer. This new edition guides readers through the mature artistry of Spielberg’s later period in which he manages, against considerable odds, to run a successful studio while maintaining and enlarging his high artistic standards as one of America’s most thoughtful, sophisticated, and popular filmmakers.
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Children in the Films of Steven Spielberg

5. Lester Friedman, Citizen Spielberg (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006),
3. 6. William Beard, “A.I., or, the Agony of Steven Spielberg,” Cineaction 66 (2015
): 5. 7. Joseph McBride, Steven Spielberg: A Biography (Jackson: University of ...

Author: Adrian Schober

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498518857

Category: Social Science

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This collection, representing the work of scholars from a range of theoretical frameworks and disciplines, examines aspects of the preoccupation with children and childhood in Steven Spielberg’s films. It includes essays on such films as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Empire of the Sun, Hook, Jurassic Park, and more.
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Orson Welles and the Unfinished RKO Projects

51. Friedman, Citizen Spielberg, 158-59. 52. Qtd. in Friedman, Citizen Spielberg,
157. 53. Buckland, Directed by Steven Spielberg, 215. 54. Friedman, Citizen
Spielberg, 155. 55. Buckland, Directed by Steven Spielberg, 216. 56. Ibid., 216.

Author: Marguerite H Rippy

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809329123

Category: Performing Arts

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Orson Welles and the Unfinished RKO Projects: A Postmodern Perspective traces the impact of legendary director Orson Welles on contemporary mass media entertainment and suggests that, ironically, we can see Welles’ s performance genealogy most clearly in his unfinished RKO projects. Author Marguerite H. Rippy provides the first in-depth examination of early film and radio projects shelved by RKO or by Welles himself. While previous studies of Welles largely fall into the categories of biography or modernist film studies, this book extends the understanding of Welles via postmodern narrative theory and performance analysis, weaving his work into the cultural and commercial background of its production. By identifying the RKO years as a critical moment in performance history, Rippy synthesizes scholarship that until now has been scattered among film studies, narrative theory, feminist critique, American studies, and biography. Building a bridge between auteur and postmodern theories, Orson Welles and the Unfinished RKO Projects offers a fresh look at Welles in his full complexity. Rippy trains a postmodern lens on Welles’ s early projects and reveals four emerging narrative modes that came to define his work: deconstructions of the first-person singular; adaptations of classic texts for mass media; explorations of the self via primitivism; and examinations of the line between reality and fiction. These four narrative styles would greatly influence the development of modern mass media entertainment. Rippy finds Welles’ s legacy alive and well in today’ s mockumentaries and reality television. It was in early, unfinished projects where Welles first toyed with fact and fiction, and the pleasure of this interplay still resonates with contemporary culture. As Rippy suggests, the logical conclusion of Welles’ s career-long exploration of “ truthiness” lies in the laughs of fake news shows. Offering an exciting glimpse of a master early in his career, Orson Welles and the Unfinished RKO Projects documents Welles’ s development as a storyteller who would shape culture for decades to come.
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Steven Spielberg and Philosophy

Mark Kermode, “An Interview with Steven Spielberg,” Best Online Documentaries
, (accessed September 28, 2007). 2.
Lester D. Friedman, Citizen Spielberg (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006),

Author: Dean A. Kowalski

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813138701

Category: Philosophy

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Without question, few directors have had such a powerful influence on the film industry and the moviegoing public as Steven Spielberg. Often referred to as the most successful American filmmaker of all time, Spielberg has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director six times, winning twice -- for Schindler's List in 1994 and Saving Private Ryan in 1999. Seven of his films have received the Best Picture Oscar nomination. He has brought to life some of the most popular heroes of all time, such as Indiana Jones, as well as some of the most despised villains, including Amon Goeth from Schindler's List and the killer shark from Jaws. Whatever the subject -- dinosaurs, war, extra-terrestrials, slavery, the Holocaust, or terrorism -- one clear and consistent touchstone is present in all of Spielberg's films: an interest in the human condition. In Steven Spielberg and Philosophy, Dean A. Kowalski and some of the nation's most respected philosophers investigate Spielberg's art to illuminate the nature of humanity. The book explores rich themes such as cinematic realism, fictional belief, terrorism, family ethics, consciousness, virtue and moral character, human rights, and religion in Spielberg's work. Avid moviegoers and deep thinkers will discover plenty of common ground in this collection.
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Darkness in the Bliss Out

years ago, a friend of mine made an interesting observation regarding the career
of Steven Spielberg. ... For example, in Citizen Spielberg, film scholar Lester D.
Friedman notes, “Making Schindler's List profoundly altered Spielberg as a man ...

Author: James Kendrick

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441112507

Category: Performing Arts

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While there has been a significant outpouring of scholarship on Steven Spielberg over the past decade, his films are still frequently discussed as being paternalistic, escapist, and reliant on uncomplicated emotions and complicated special effects. Even those who view his work favorably often see it as essentially optimistic, reassuring, and conservative. James Kendrick takes an alternate view of Spielberg's cinema and proposes that his films-even the most popular ones that seem to trade in easy answers and comforting, reassuring notions of cohesion and narrative resolution-are significantly darker and more emotionally and ideologically complex than they are routinely given credit for. Darkness in the Bliss-Out demonstrates, through close analysis of a wide range of Spielberg's films, that they are only reassuring on the surface, and that their depths embody a complex and sometimes contradictory view of the human condition.
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Steven Spielberg

With this new collection of interviews, which includes eleven original interviews from the 2000 edition and nine new interviews, readers will recognize the themes that motivate Spielberg, the cinematic techniques he employs to create his ...

Author: Brent Notbohm

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781496824035

Category: Performing Arts

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More than four decades after the premiere of his first film, Steven Spielberg (b. 1946) continues to be a household name whose influence on popular culture extends far beyond the movie screen. Now in his seventies, Spielberg shows no intention of retiring from directing or even slowing down. Since the publication of Steven Spielberg: Interviews in 2000, the filmmaker has crafted some of the most complex movies of his extensive career. His new movies consistently reinvigorate entrenched genres, adding density and depth. Many of the defining characters, motifs, tropes, and themes that emerge in Spielberg’s earliest movies shape these later works as well, but often in new configurations that probe deeper into more complicated subjects—dangerous technology rather than man-eating sharks, homicidal rather than cuddly aliens, lethal terrorism instead of rampaging dinosaurs. Spielberg's movies continue to display a remarkably sophisticated level of artistry that matches, and sometimes exceeds, the memorable visual hallmarks of his prior work. His latest series of films continue to demonstrate an ongoing intellectual restlessness and a willingness to challenge himself as a creative artist. With this new collection of interviews, which includes eleven original interviews from the 2000 edition and nine new interviews, readers will recognize the themes that motivate Spielberg, the cinematic techniques he employs to create his feature films, and the emotional connection he has to his movies. The result is a nuanced and engaging portrait of the most popular director in American cinema history.
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The Cinema of Steven Spielberg

Ned Beatty's solid citizen destroys by stages the home that symbolises everything
he considers his duty to defend. ... For Spielberg, however, 1941 meant Dumbo,
Helzapoppin',Helzapoppin'Helzapoppin' Citizen Kane and the year Citizen ...

Author: Nigel Morris

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231503457

Category: Performing Arts

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Cinema's most successful director is a commercial and cultural force demanding serious consideration. Not just triumphant marketing, this international popularity is partly a function of the movies themselves. Polarised critical attitudes largely overlook this, and evidence either unquestioning adulation or vilification often vitriolic for epitomising contemporary Hollywood. Detailed textual analyses reveal that alongside conventional commercial appeal, Spielberg's movies function consistently as a self-reflexive commentary on cinema. Rather than straightforwardly consumed realism or fantasy, they invite divergent readings and self-conscious spectatorship which contradict assumptions about their ideological tendencies. Exercising powerful emotional appeal, their ambiguities are profitably advantageous in maximising audiences and generating media attention.
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The Complete Spielberg

Offers a comprehensive examination of Spielberg's work, including his eighteen feature films, his amateur and television work, his unrealised projects, and his experiences as a producer and actor.

Author: Ian Freer

Publisher: Virgin Pub

ISBN: UOM:39015053374578

Category: Performing Arts

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Offers a comprehensive examination of Spielberg's work, including his eighteen feature films, his amateur and television work, his unrealised projects, and his experiences as a producer and actor.
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Digital Imaging in Popular Cinema

Alan Sheridan (1977). Friedberg, Anne (2006), The Virtual Window: From Alberti
to Microsoft, Cambridge, MA and London: MIT Press. Friedman, Lester D. (2006),
Citizen Spielberg, Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press. Gaudreault ...

Author: Lisa Purse

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748675623

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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Explores how film analysis can take account of the presence of digital images in cinema. Not just for digital effects enthusiasts, this book is essential for anyone interested in how to approach film critically: it is a toolbox for contemporary film analy
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Parallel Lines

Friedman, Lester D. (2006) Citizen Spielberg, Chicago, IL; University of Illinois
Press. Froomkin, Dan (2005) 'Cheney's "Dark Side" is Showing', Washington Post
. Available at:

Author: Guy Westwell

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231850728

Category: Performing Arts

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Parallel Lines describes how post-9/11 cinema, from Spike Lee's 25th Hour (2002) to Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty (2012), relates to different, and competing, versions of US national identity in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The book combines readings of individual films (World Trade Center, United 93, Fahrenheit 9/11, Loose Change) and cycles of films (depicting revenge, conspiracy, torture and war) with extended commentary on recurring themes, including the relationship between the US and the rest of the world, narratives of therapeutic recovery, questions of ethical obligation. The volume argues that post-9/11 cinema is varied and dynamic, registering shock and upheaval in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, displaying capacity for critique following the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal mid-decade, and seeking to reestablish consensus during Obama's troubled second term of office.
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Rosebud Sleds and Horses Heads

He was Steven Spielberg. Just as Citizen Kane is often the default answer to the
unanswerable question of whatis the greatest film ever made, so its Rosebud
sled is the easiest answer to the equally un— resolvable question of what is film's

Author: Scott Jordan Harris

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 9781783200405

Category: Art

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Discusses fifty of film history's most iconic objects, including Michael Myers' mask, Kermit the frog's bicycle, and Luke Skywalker's lightsaber.
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Steven Spielberg

Once you learn about the life of Steven Spielberg, you begin to see examples of
its influence in many of his movies. ... 1 Besides spoiling her grandson, Jennie
Posner taught English to Holocaust survivors to help them become U.S. citizens.

Author: Kathi Jackson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313337969

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Profiles the award-winning director of blockbuster movies, including "Jurassic Park," "E.T. the Extra Terrestrial," and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."
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Memoirs of a Prisoner of State in the Fortess of Spielberg

... I never ceased to bless the hour when I first resolved to abandon the frivolities
of fashion for the hope of ranking, at some future time, among the virtuous
citizens whose names were as dear to humanity as they were glorious to their

Author: Alexandre Phillippe Andryane


ISBN: UCAL:$B287799

Category: Austria


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Memoirs of a prisoner of State in the fortress of Spielberg tr by F Prandi

... at some future time , among the virtuous citizens whose names were as dear to
humanity as they were glorious to their country . While I was pursuing my studies
with increasing zeal and satisfaction , the reverses which the cause of freedom ...

Author: Alexandre Philippe Andryane


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Holocaust Fiction

... very like his creator, and like his intertextual precursor Charles Foster Kane in
Orson Welles's 1941 film Citizen Kane. Spielberg himself has referred to 'the
rosebud question' in Schindler's List 'what drove Schindler along this incredible
path ...

Author: Sue Vice

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134666225

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Examining the controversies that have accompanied the publication of novels representing the Holocaust, this compelling book explores such literature to analyze their violently mixed receptions and what this says about the ethics and practice of millennial Holocaust literature. The novels examined, including some for the first time, are: * Time's Arrow by Martin Amis * The White Hotel by D.M. Thomas * The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski * Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally * Sophie's Choice by William Styron * The Hand that Signed the Paper by Helen Darville. Taking issue with the idea that the Holocaust should only be represented factually, this compelling book argues that Holocaust fiction is not only legitimate, but an important genre that it is essential to accept. In a growing area of interest, Sue Vice adds a new, intelligent and contentious voice to the key debates within Holocaust studies.
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From Village Boy to Global Citizen Volume 2 the Travels of a Journalist

As fans of Steven Spielberg's 1982 blockbuster ET the Extra-Terrestrial, we were
naturally interested in seeing the Simi Valley landscape captured in the movie to
thrill thousands of its fans. We drove along Los Angeles Avenue between ...

Author: Shelton A. Gunaratne

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781477142394

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 531

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From Village Boy to Global Citizen (Volume 2): The Travels of a Journalist is the last of my autobiographical trilogy. The 74 chapters in this volume attempt to describe and dramatize the most memorable places I visited, often accompanied by my family, since I left the country of my birth in 1966. After my retirement in 2007, I found the time to compile this travelogue using the notes in my diaries and updating the material through online research, with particular help from the constantly revised Wikipedia entries. In this process, I learned to make each travel essay an evergreen that would not perish soon after its publication as in the case of newspaper travel pieces. Travel has shaped my personality. Global travel to get to know culturally diverse people was one of my childhood ambitions. Moreover, travel is an essential aspect of a journalists life. Therefore, my travels constitute a very important part of my autobiography. I included detail in the hope that the reader would keep this volume for long-term reference. My explorations of U.S. national parks and my camping expeditions should be of particular interest to family- oriented travelers. Each of the essays in this volume appeared in the Lankaweb starting December 6, 2009. It carried the latest (but not the last) story (chapter 109) on December 4, 2011. Reacting to the essay (chapter 106) on our mule ride in Mexican territory during the Big Bend adventure, a reader commented, As always it was very well written and visually engaging, which made us feel we were there too. [We] particularly liked the reference to Yankee Doodles [that] made us smile! Thank you for posting it and await the next in the series (May 15, 2011). Another reader reacted to the essay (chapter 92) on our visit to the botanic gardens in Portland, Ore., Please do continue with your articles, Shelton. They are getting better all the time, as you reveal to your readers more of your own thoughts, emotions, and reactions (February 9, 2011). From Village Boy to Global Citizen (Volume 1): The Journey of a Journalist is the second of my autobiographical trilogy. It traces my life as a journalist and a journalism educator in three countries. Village Life in the Forties: Memories of a Lankan Expatriate (published by iUniverse) is the first of the trilogy. This is a collection of 28 sketches of folks in the village of my birth. Each sketch depicts the drama of life relating to the famous and infamous characters who defined the ethos of Pathegama in the 1940s. They range from the amusing and comical to the grave and somber. The trilogy is inextricably interconnected, interdependent and interactive. You are unlikely to grasp what systems theorists call the emergence of the whole if you read only parts of this trilogy.
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War and Film

The film won a clutch of international critics ' awards and the director , Steven
Spielberg , was presented with his second Academy Award , though , like Citizen
Kane , the film itself lost out in the Best Picture category . ? Unlike Citizen Kane ...

Author: James Chapman

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1861893477

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

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About depictions of war in cinema.
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Authorship and Film

This volume of new work revitalizes the question of authorship by connecting it to larger issues of identity -- in film, in the marketplace, in society, in culture.

Author: David A. Gerstner

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415939941

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 308

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Authorship in film has been a persistent theme in the field of cinema studies. This volume of new work revitalizes the question of authorship by connecting it to larger issues of identity -- in film, in the marketplace, in society, in culture. Essays range from the auteur theory and "Casablanca" to Oscar Micheaux, from the American avant-garde to community video, all illuminating how "authorship" is a complex idea with far-reaching implications.
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