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Empires of the imagination : a critical survey of fantasy cinema from Georges Méliès to The lord of the rings /
Alec Worley ; foreword by Brian Sibley.
imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, 2005.
description
viii, 296 p. : ill.
ISBN
0786423242 (ill. case bindg. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, 2005.
isbn
0786423242 (ill. case bindg. : alk. paper)
abstract
"The work examines fantasy as a cultural force in both film and literature and explores its relation to science fiction, horror, and fairy tales. Also considered is fantasy's expression of politics. This richly illustrated work covers every aspect of fantasy film"--Provided by publisher.
catalogue key
5616606
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-04-01:
Worley offers a compact yet wide-ranging study of fantasy in motion pictures. In contrast to Bryan Senn's Fantastic Cinema Subject Guide (CH, Apr'93, 30-4182), this book avoids horror. Worley devotes the first two chapters to a definition of fantasy and historical background, and in the remaining chapters he discusses numerous films in four categories. In a chapter titled "Fairy Tales" he deals with the most unrealistic form of fantasy (thanks to its literary forbears), covering films ranging from The Thief of Baghdad, The Wizard of Oz, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Shrek 2. In "Earthbound Fantasy," which deals with magic in a mundane world (some "magic realism" here too), he looks at, for example, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Bedazzled (both versions), and the Harry Potter films. "Heroic Fantasy" addresses superhuman (or almost) central characters, e.g., those found in Flash Gordon, Hercules, Indiana Jones, and the Lara Croft films. And "Epic Fantasy" takes up fantasy with roots in Homer and Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, work that relies on myth, covering films from Fritz Lang's Die Nibelungen to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. The details are accurate; the categorizations work. Most useful for references to popular culture. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. R. Blackwood emeritus, City Colleges of Chicago
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Main Description
The warlocks and ghosts of fantasy film haunt our popular culture, but the genre has too long been ignored by critics. This comprehensive critical survey of fantasy cinema demonstrates that the fantasy genre amounts to more than escapism. Through a meticulously researched analysis of over a century of fantasy pictures--from the seminal work of Georges Melies to Peter Jackson's recent tours of Middle-earth--the work identifies narrative strategies and their recurring components and studies patterns of challenge and return, setting and character. First addressing the difficult task of defining the genre, the work examines fantasy as a cultural force in both film and literature and explores its relation to science fiction, horror, and fairy tales. Fantasy's development is traced from the first days of film, with emphasis on how the evolving genre reflected such events as economic depression and war. Also considered is fantasy's expression of politics, as either the subject of satire or fuel for the fires of propaganda. Discussion ventures into the subgenres, from stories of invented lands inhabited by fantastic creatures to magical adventures set in the familiar world, and addresses clashes between fantasy and faith, such as the religious opposition to the Harry Potter phenomenon. From the money-making classics to little-known arthouse films, this richly illustrated work covers every aspect of fantasy film.
Long Description
The warlocks and ghosts of fantasy film haunt our popular culture, but the genre has too long been ignored by critics. This comprehensive critical survey of fantasy cinema demonstrates that the fantasy genre amounts to more than escapism. Through a meticulously researched analysis of over a century of fantasy pictures'from the seminal work of Georges M'li's to Peter Jackson's recent tours of Middle'earth'the work identifies narrative strategies and their recurring components and studies patterns of challenge and return, setting and character. First addressing the difficult task of defining the genre, the work examines fantasy as a cultural force in both film and literature and explores its relation to science fiction, horror, and fairy tales. Fantasy's development is traced from the first days of film, with emphasis on how the evolving genre reflected such events as economic depression and war. Also considered is fantasy's expression of politics, as either the subject of satire or fuel for the fires of propaganda. Discussion ventures into the subgenres, from stories of invented lands inhabited by fantastic creatures to magical adventures set in the familiar world, and addresses clashes between fantasy and faith, such as the religious opposition to the Harry Potter phenomenon. From the money-making classics to little-known arthouse films, this richly illustrated work covers every aspect of fantasy film.
Main Description
The warlocks and ghosts of fantasy film haunt our popular culture, but the genre has too long been ignored by critics. This comprehensive critical survey of fantasy cinema demonstrates that the fantasy genre amounts to more than escapism. Through a meticulously researched analysis of over a century of fantasy pictures--from the seminal work of Georges Melies to Peter Jackson's recent tours of Middle-earth--the work identifies narrative strategies and their recurring components and studies patterns of challenge and return, setting and character.First addressing the difficult task of defining the genre, the work examines fantasy as a cultural force in both film and literature and explores its relation to science fiction, horror, and fairy tales. Fantasy's development is traced from the first days of film, with emphasis on how the evolving genre reflected such events as economic depression and war. Also considered is fantasy's expression of politics, as either the subject of satire or fuel for the fires of propaganda. Discussion ventures into the subgenres, from stories of invented lands inhabited by fantastic creatures to magical adventures set in the familiar world, and addresses clashes between fantasy and faith, such as the religious opposition to the Harry Potter phenomenon. From the money-making classics to little-known arthouse films, this richly illustrated work covers every aspect of fantasy film.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This comprehensive critical survey of fantasy cinema demonstrates that the fantasy genre amounts to more than escapism.
Description for Library
"The work examines fantasy as a cultural force in both film and literature and explores its relation to science fiction, horror, and fairy tales. Also considered is fantasy's expression of politics. This richly illustrated work covers every aspect of fantasy film"--Provided by publisher.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Forewordp. 1
Prefacep. 3
Locating Fantasyp. 7
The Birth of Fantasy Cinemap. 17
Fairy Talesp. 25
Earthbound Fantasyp. 83
Heroic Fantasyp. 162
Epic Fantasyp. 232
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 275
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