Empire of Dreams: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of Steven Spielberg

Empire of Dreams: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of Steven SpielbergAndrew Gordon

Rowman & Littlefield, 2007
ISBN: 074255578X

Empire of Dreams is the first definitive look at all of the science fiction (SF), fantasy, and horror films directed by Steven Spielberg, one of the most popular and influential filmmakers in the world today. In the 1970s and 1980s, along with George Lucas, Spielberg helped spark the renaissance of American SF and fantasy film, and he has remained highly productive and prominent in these genres ever since. SF, fantasy, and horror films form the bulk of his work for over thirty years; of the twenty-six theatrical features he directed from 1971 to 2005, sixteen are of these genres, a coherent and impressive body of work. His films have become part of a global consciousness and his cinematic style part of the visual vocabulary of world media.

Spielberg’s SF, fantasy, and horror films are often cinematic fairytales. “I dream for a living,” Spielberg says. “I interpret my dreams one way and make a movie out of them and people see my movies and make them part of their dreams.” Following not only a large part of Spielberg’s oeuvre but also the reactions of audiences and critics, Empire of Dreams shows that Spielberg’s appeal as a storyteller is primarily visceral and emotional – for he has found ways to tap into his own feelings and to evoke profound emotion in audiences.

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