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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 pro 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.


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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 pro 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.

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael Jolls

    Although I'm personally not prone to sci-fi specifically, Andrew Gordon does a stellar job analyzing and debunking. The book is never too intelligent for the reader, while incorporating complicated themes such as Freudian views, literature subtext, and sociological concerns. Gordon pins "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"; "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"; and "Poltergeist" as three versions of the same story. He correlates Indiana Jones and the original Star Wars trilogy perfectly, and horror of " Although I'm personally not prone to sci-fi specifically, Andrew Gordon does a stellar job analyzing and debunking. The book is never too intelligent for the reader, while incorporating complicated themes such as Freudian views, literature subtext, and sociological concerns. Gordon pins "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"; "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"; and "Poltergeist" as three versions of the same story. He correlates Indiana Jones and the original Star Wars trilogy perfectly, and horror of "Duel"; "Jaws"; and "Jurassic Park". Personally, my favorite element of Gordon's excellent book was the attention given to "Hook", which the film and it's themes often gets neglected in Spielberg narratives. This is easily one of the best Spielberg books out on the market.

  2. 4 out of 5

    orangerful

    2.5 stars, definitely just OK for me. I didn't realize (as he doesn't say it right out on the cover) that this was going to be a Freudian analysis of Spielberg fantasy, which means that everything has to do with sex, whether I want it to or not. This was interesting for the first two essays, but then became a broken record by the third and just ridiculous when he got to E.T. because there is so much more to discuss about that film. But he did cite all of his sources, so I will now take a look at 2.5 stars, definitely just OK for me. I didn't realize (as he doesn't say it right out on the cover) that this was going to be a Freudian analysis of Spielberg fantasy, which means that everything has to do with sex, whether I want it to or not. This was interesting for the first two essays, but then became a broken record by the third and just ridiculous when he got to E.T. because there is so much more to discuss about that film. But he did cite all of his sources, so I will now take a look at the books he mentions about Spielberg and see what they say about his work in film.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steven Awalt

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  5. 4 out of 5

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  6. 4 out of 5

    Herman Schmitz

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christine Noland

  8. 5 out of 5

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    Mark Kasten

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    Daniel

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    Mark Ingram

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    Michael Lakner

  16. 5 out of 5

    Martin Sjögren

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wmwm2333

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cerina Sea

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marion Cécinas

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