The Cinema of Steven Spielberg: Empire of Light by Nigel MorrisThe Cinema of Steven Spielberg: Empire of Light by Nigel Morris

The Cinema of Steven Spielberg: Empire of Light

byNigel Morris

Hardcover | February 13, 2007

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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.

Nigel Morris is Principal Lecturer in Media Theory and Teacher Fellow in the Department of Media Production, University of Lincoln. His publications include articles and chapters on aspects of American, British, German and Welsh cinema, literary adaptation, and cinematic and literary modernism.
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Title:The Cinema of Steven Spielberg: Empire of LightFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pagesPublished:February 13, 2007Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction: the Critical Context1. Close Encounters of the Third Kind: tripping the light fantastic2. Duel: the descent of Mann3. The Sugarland Express: a light comedy?4. Jaws: searching the depths5. 1941: war on Hollywood6. Raiders of the Lost Ark: lights, camera, action7. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: turn on your love light8. Twilight Zone: The Movie: magic lantern man overshadowed9. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: anything goes10. The Color Purple: sisters and brothers11. Empire of the Sun: shanghai showmanship12. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: cut to the chase13. Always: light my fire14. Hook: an awfully big Pan(a)vision adventure15. Jurassic Park: another monster hit16. Schindler's List: darkness visible17. The Lost World: Jurassic Park: more digital manipulation18. Amistad: black and white in colour19. Saving Private Ryan: Hollywood on war20. A.I. Artificial Intelligence: eyes wide open21. Minority Report: through a glass, darkly22. Catch Me If You Can: captured on celluloid23. The Terminal: all that jazz24. War of the Worlds: rays in the mirror25. Munich: bitter fruit on the olive branch26. Audiences, subjectivity and pleasureBibliographyIndex

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