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Cinema's most successful director is a commercial and cultural force demanding serious consideration. Not just triumphant marketing, this international popularity is partly a function of the movies themselves. Polarised critical attitudes largely overlook this, and evidence either unquestioning adulation or vilification--often vitriolic--for epitomising contemporary Hollywood. Detailed textual analyses reveal that alongside conventional commercial appeal, Spielberg's movies function consistently as a self-reflexive commentary on cinema. Rather than straightforwardly consumed realism or fantasy, they invite divergent readings and self-conscious spectatorship which contradict assumptions about their ideological tendencies. Exercising powerful emotional appeal, their ambiguities are profitably advantageous in maximising audiences and generating media attention.
  • ISBN13: 9781904764892
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press
  • Pubilcation Year: 2007
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 00434
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FormatHardcover
SeriesDirectors' Cuts
Publication DateFebruary 13, 2007
Pages434

The Cinema of Steven Spielberg

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