Empire of Dreams: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of Steven Spielberg
Jackson, Kathy Merlock, Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA)
Empire of Dreams: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of Steven Spielberg Andrew M. Gordon. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008.
"I dream for a living," said Steven Spielberg. In Empire of Dreams, Andrew Gordon investigates Spielberg's most dreamlike films: his science fiction and fantasy fare. While many critical and biographical books have been written about Spielberg, none previously focused on this signature element of Spielberg's work. The book is a welcome addition to any Spielberg library.
Acknowledging that Spielberg's movies have often been dismissed by critics for being too moving and emotional, Gordon sets out to evaluate thirty years' worth of Spielberg's achievements in the science fiction and fantasy genres, differentiating between his stronger and weaker films. "I shall treat Spielberg with respect as a major filmmaker," he writes (1). Beginning with Duel (1971) and ending with War of the Worlds (2005), Gordon analyzes fifteen works, which include some of Spielberg's best known films, Jaws (1975), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), E.T. (1982), the Indiana Jones trilogy, and Jurassic Park (1993). His essays are uniformly well researched, thoughtful, and readable, effectively …
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Publication information: Article title: Empire of Dreams: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of Steven Spielberg. Contributors: Jackson, Kathy Merlock - Author. Journal title: Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA). Volume: 31. Issue: 3 Publication date: September 2008. Page number: 323. © 2004 Blackwell Publishers Ltd. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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