Author: Lester D. Friedman
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252091299
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 376
View: 7319
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.

Citizen Spielberg

Author: John Baxter
Publisher: Nouveau Monde éditions
ISBN: 2365831427
Category: History
Page: 479
View: 5592
"E.T., Les Dents de la mer, Indiana Jones, La Liste de Schindler, Jurassic Park, Minority Report, Le Terminal...Des années 70 à nos jours, personne n'a eu autant de pouvoir à Hollywood que Steven Spielberg, réalisateur à succès devenu l'un des producteurs les plus influents et respectés. Les secrets de sa réussite ne se laissent pas facilement percer, tant l'homme exerce un contrôle rigoureux sur ses collaborateurs. Pourtant, à l'issue d'une enquête minutieuse, John Baxter parvient à lever une partie du voile pour reconstituer au plus près sa vie professionnelle - et le peu de place qu'elle laisse à sa vie privée.Se dessine alors le portrait d'un adolescent, meurtri par une blessure familiale, qui s'étourdit clans la passion du cinéma. Un garçon timide qui ""sèche"" les cours de la fac pour se rendre tous les jours aux studios Universal - où on ne le connaît pas - pour prendre place dans un bureau inoccupé sur lequel il a posé une plaque à son nom ! Après deux ans passés à côtoyer tous les techniciens du cinéma, il en sait plus que quiconque sur les techniques du film et parvient à devenir réalisateur.C'est dans les années 70 qu'il élabore son système de travail, avec une équipe de collaborateurs triés sur le volet, et devient un homme d'affaires maniaque du contrôle, jusqu'aux plus petits détails. D'une extrême timidité, il côtoie, sans guère y plonger, les excès (sexe et drogues) de ses camarades Coppola, De Palma ou Scorsese. Il faut attendre 1976 pour qu'on lui connaisse une liaison, puis un mariage, avec l'actrice Amy Irving, avec des hauts et des bas jusqu'en 1989 - date à laquelle son divorce lui coûtera plusieurs centaines de millions de dollars ! Si Spielberg, devenu père, reste tout au long de sa carrière attaché à des thèmes proches de l'enfance (E.T., Peter Pan), il aborde néanmoins des sujets plus matures avec La Liste de Schindler et Il faut sauver le soldat Ryan.Celui à qui tout semble réussir doit à chaque fois prouver qu'il peut encore étonner. Jusqu'où ? "

The Complete Spielberg

Author: Ian Freer
Publisher: Virgin Pub
ISBN: 9780753505564
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 312
View: 2902
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.

Kubrick's Story, Spielberg's Film

A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Author: Julian Rice
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442278196
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 308
View: 5119
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.

Orson Welles and the Unfinished RKO Projects

A Postmodern Perspective
Author: Marguerite H Rippy
Publisher: SIU Press
ISBN: 9780809329120
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 223
View: 5545
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.

Children in the Films of Steven Spielberg

Author: Adrian Schober,Debbie Olson
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498518850
Category: Social Science
Page: 326
View: 5371
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.

Steven Spielberg

A Biography, Second Edition
Author: Joseph McBride
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9781604738377
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 640
View: 5050
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.

Steven Spielberg

Interviews, Revised and Updated
Author: Brent Notbohm,Lester D. Friedman
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 1496824040
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 244
View: 5826
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.

Steven Spielberg and Philosophy

We're Gonna Need a Bigger Book
Author: Dean Kowalski
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813125278
Category: Political Science
Page: 274
View: 9800
Without question, few directors have had such a powerful influence on the film industry and the moviegoing public as Steven Spielberg. This book investigates Spielberg's art to illuminate the nature of humanity. It explores themes such as cinematic realism, fictional belief, terrorism, family ethics, consciousness, and virtue and moral character.

Darkness in the Bliss-Out

A Reconsideration of the Films of Steven Spielberg
Author: James Kendrick
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1441193073
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 248
View: 1141
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.

American Jewish Filmmakers

Author: David Desser,Lester D. Friedman,Professor Lester D Friedman
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252071539
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 345
View: 5761
Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Sidney Lumet, and Paul Mazursky, all sons of East European Jews, remain among the most prominent contemporary American film directors. In this revised, updated second edition of American Jewish Filmmakers, David Desser and Lester D. Friedman demonstrate how the Jewish experience gives rise to an intimately linked series of issues in the films of these and other significant Jewish directors. This edition concludes with a newly written discussion of the careers of other prominent Jewish filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Barry Levinson, Brian Singer, and Darren Aronofsky.

Digital Imaging in Popular Cinema

Author: Lisa Purse
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISBN: 0748675620
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 208
View: 382
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

Parallel Lines

Post-9/11 American Cinema
Author: Guy Westwell
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231850727
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 240
View: 8922
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.

Authorship and Film

Author: David A. Gerstner,Janet Staiger
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415939942
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 308
View: 2906
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.

The Cinema of Steven Spielberg

Empire of Light
Author: Nigel Morris
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231503458
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 224
View: 1648
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.

Film and Authorship

Author: Virginia Wright Wexman
Publisher: Springer Science & Business
ISBN: 9780813531939
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 270
View: 4108
Spanning fields from poststructuralism, feminism, queer theory, postcolonialism, and cultural studies, the contributors ask - what does 'auteurship' look like today in light of new critical developments in the film studies?

Steven Spielberg

A Biography
Author: Kathi Jackson
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313337963
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 143
View: 4432
Profiles the award-winning director of blockbuster movies, including "Jurassic Park," "E.T. the Extra Terrestrial," and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."

Rosebud Sleds and Horses' Heads

50 of Film's Most Evocative Objects - An Illustrated Journey
Author: Scott Jordan Harris
Publisher: Intellect Books
ISBN: 1783200405
Category: Art
Page: 111
View: 2336
Discusses fifty of film history's most iconic objects, including Michael Myers' mask, Kermit the frog's bicycle, and Luke Skywalker's lightsaber.

Heroes, Monsters & Messiahs

Movies and Television Shows as the Mythology of American Culture
Author: Elizabeth Hirschman
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN: 9780740704857
Category: Social Science
Page: 353
View: 7366
Exploring the rich American mythology, the author delves deeply into movies and television to trace the symbols, paradigms, characters, and plot-lines that comprise the nation's "active myths."

Film Genre Reader III

Author: Barry Keith Grant
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292701853
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 636
View: 469
More than 30 essays by some of film's most distinguished critics are included in this volume, which presents the latest developments in genre study, including teen films, genre hybridity, neo-noir & genre in the age of globalization, & an up-to-date bibliography.