Often dismissed as escapist tales of sword and sorcery or childish fairy tales, fantasy is one of the fundamental impulses in film making, a source of some of the most vivid and memorable films ever made.
This volume covers the major genres, stylistic approaches, and exponents of cinematic fantasy, from Georges Melies, Walt Disney, and Andrei Tarkovsky to such contemporary fantasists as Terry Gilliam and Peter Jackson, and focuses on fantasy's social function and interpretations.
Considering the popular and the experimental, subversive desires and reactionary dreams, this book is an engaging introduction to one of cinema's vital energies.
About the Author
David Butler is lecturer in screen studies at the University of Manchester.
Series: Short Cuts
For Ages: 22+ years old
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st May 2009
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Dimensions (cm): 15.1 x 20.0 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.256