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

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  3 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 291 pages
Published October 15th 2007 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Michael Jolls
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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