Empires of the Imagination: A Critical Survey of Fantasy Cinema from Georges Melies to the Lord of the Rings
Alec WorleyISBN: 0786423242;
Book DescriptionThe 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...
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