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Citizen Spielberg
by Lester D. Friedman
University of Illinois Press, 2022
Cloth: 978-0-252-04413-7 | Paper: 978-0-252-08618-2 | eISBN: 978-0-252-05307-8
Library of Congress Classification PN1998.3.S65F75 2022
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.430233092

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Steven Spielberg's extraordinary career redefined Hollywood, but his achievement goes far beyond shattered box office records. Rejecting the view of Spielberg as a Barnumesque purveyor of spectacle, Lester D. Friedman presents the filmmaker as a major artist who pairs an ongoing willingness to challenge himself with a widely recognized technical mastery.

This new edition of Citizen Spielberg expands Friedman’s original analysis to include films of the 2010s like Lincoln and Ready Player One. Breaking down the works by genre, Friedman looks at essential aspects of Spielberg’s art, from his storytelling concerns and worldview to the uncanny connection with audiences that has powered his longtime influence as a cultural force. Friedman's examination reveals a sustained artistic vision--a vision that shows no sign of exhausting itself or audiences after Spielberg's nearly fifty years as a high-profile filmmaker.


Incisive and discerning, Citizen Spielberg offers a career-spanning appraisal of a moviemaking icon.

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