By (author) Lester D. Friedman
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Citizen Spielberg by Lester D. Friedman
Book DescriptionSteven 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780252073588
(235mm x 162mm x 23mm)
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 2-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lester D. Friedman
Monstrous Progeny, Hardback (August 2016)
Takes readers on a fascinating exploration of the Frankenstein family tree, tracing the literary and intellectual roots of Shelley's novel from the sixteenth century and analysing the evolution of the book's figures and themes into modern productions that range from children's cartoons to pornography.
Introduction to Film Genres, Paperback (December 2013)
A brisk, accessible, and informative introduction to film genres.
Fires Were Started, Paperback (March 2006)
Provides an analysis of the responses of British film to the policies and political ideology of the Conservative governments of Margaret Thatcher. This second edition includes contributions from some of the leading scholars of British cinema, including Thomas Elsaesser, Peter Wollen and Manthia Diawara.
'Bonnie and Clyde', Paperback (January 2000)» View all books by Lester D. Friedman
This work presents an insight into the 1967 film "Bonnie and Clyde". The film is said to have changed American cinema, reinvigorating the gangster genre with European, New Wave techniques and a radically candid view of sex and violence.
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Author Biography - Lester D. Friedman
Lester D. Friedman is currently scholar-in-residence at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.He is the author of The Jewish Image in American Film, Arthur Penn s Bonnie and Clyde, and (with David Desser) American Jewish Filmmakers."
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