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Prince, Stephen 1955-

Works: 94 works in 371 publications in 3 languages and 21,172 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Film adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Samurai films  Reference works  War films  Action and adventure films  Historical films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Commentator, Other, Author of introduction, Writer of accompanying material, 3dt
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Stephen Prince
American cinema of the 1980s : themes and variations( )

27 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 2,448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the 1980s, American cinema underwent various transformations. Filmmakers responded to the social, political, and cultural conditions of the time. Hollywood also launched a long-awaited cycle of films about the Vietnam war, but science fiction remained the era's most popular genre. This book examines the films that marked the decade of 1980
Classical film violence : designing and regulating brutality in Hollywood cinema, 1930-1968 by Stephen Prince( )

13 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 2,447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the interplay between the aesthetics and the censorship of violence in classic Hollywood films from 1930 to 1968, the era of the Production Code, when filmmakers were required to have their scripts approved before they could start production. A stylistic history of American screen violence that is grounded in industry documentation. [back cover]
Digital visual effects in cinema : the seduction of reality by Stephen Prince( )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Avatar. Inception. Jurassic Park. Lord of the Rings. Ratatouille. Not only are these some of the highest-grossing films of all time, they are also prime examples of how digital visual effects have transformed Hollywood filmmaking. Some critics, however, fear that this digital revolution marks a radical break with cinematic tradition, heralding the death of serious realistic movies in favor of computer-generated pure spectacle. Digital Visual Effects in Cinema counters this alarmist reading, by showing how digital effects-driven films should be understood as a continuation of the narrative and stylistic traditions that have defined American cinema for decades. Stephen Prince argues for an understanding of digital technologies as an expanded toolbox, available to enhance both realist films and cinematic fantasies. He offers a detailed exploration of each of these tools, from lighting technologies to image capture to stereoscopic 3D. Integrating aesthetic, historical, and theoretical analyses of digital visual effects, Digital Visual Effects in Cinema is an essential guide for understanding movie-making today
The horror film( )

9 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on recent postmodern examples, this is a collection of essays reviewing the history of the horror film and the psychological reasons for its persistent appeal
Firestorm : American film in the age of terrorism by Stephen Prince( )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stephen Prince is the first scholar to trace the effect of 9/11 on the making of American film. From documentaries like Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) to zombie flicks, and from fictional narratives such as The Kingdom (2007) to Mike Nichols's Charlie Wilson's War (2007), Prince evaluates the extent to which filmmakers have exploited, explained, understood, or interpreted the attacks and the Iraq War that followed, including incidents at Abu Ghraib." "He begins with pre-9/11 depictions of terrorism, such as Alfred Hitchcock's Sabotage (1936), and follows with studio and independent films that directly respond to 9/11. He considers documentary portraits and conspiracy films, as well as serial television shows (most notably Fox's 24) and made-for-TV movies that re-present the attacks in a broader, more intimate way. Ultimately Prince finds that in these triumphs and failures an exciting new era of American filmmaking has taken shape."--Jacket
Savage cinema : Sam Peckinpah and the rise of ultraviolent movies by Stephen Prince( )

17 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 1,390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"More than any other filmmaker, Sam Pekinpah opened the door for graphic violence in movies. In this book, Stephen Prince explains the rise of explicit violence in the American cinema, its social effects, and the relation of contemporary ultraviolence to the radical, humanistic filmmaking that Peckinpah practiced."--Cover
The warrior's camera : the cinema of Akira Kurosawa by Stephen Prince( Book )

25 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and Turkish and held by 1,195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Stephen Prince provides two new chapters in which he examines Kurosawa's remaining work, placing him in the context of cinema history. Prince also discusses how Kurosawa furnished a template for some well-known Hollywood directors, including Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas."--Jacket
A new pot of gold : Hollywood under the electronic rainbow, 1980-1989 by Stephen Prince( Book )

24 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 1,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume examines the development of film and the film industry during the 1980s and the political and economic background that influenced it
Visions of empire : political imagery in contemporary American film by Stephen Prince( )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 1,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visions of Empire explores film's function as a medium of political communication, recognizing not just the propaganda film, but the various ways that conventional narrative films embody, question, or critique established social values underlying American attitudes toward historical, social, and political events. Stephen Prince discusses Hollywood film productions of the 1980s in terms of salient political issues of the period, including anxieties about declining U.S. military power, the wars in Central America and the prospects for U.S. intervention, the legacy of the Vietnam War, and urban d
Screening violence( Book )

13 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

4e de couv.: Graphic cinematic violence is a magnet for controversy. From passionate defenses to outraged protests, theories abound concerning this defining feature of modern film: Is it art or exploitation, dangerous or liberating? Screening Violence provides an even-handed examination of the history, merits, and effects of cinematic "ultraviolence". Movie reviewers, cinematographers, film scholars, psychologists, and sociologists all contribute essays exploring topics such as: the origins and innovations of film violence and attempts to regulate it (from Hollywood's Production Code to the evolution of the ratings system) the explosion of screen violence following the 1967 releases of Bonnie and Clyde and The Dirty Dozen, and the lasting effects of those landmark films the aesthetics of increasingly graphic screen violence the implications of our growing desensitization to murder and mayhem, from The Wild Bunch to The Terminator
Movies and meaning : an introduction to film by Stephen Prince( Book )

43 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Updated in a new 6th edition, Movies and Meaning is a comprehensive introduction to the film industry that focuses on three topics: how movies express meanings, how viewers understand those meanings, and how cinema functions globally as both an art and a business. It examines both how filmmakers create images and sounds and the mechanisms and processes by which viewers make sense of images and stories on screen
Sam Peckinpah's The wild bunch by Stephen Prince( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch is one of the most influential films in American cinema. The intensity of its violence was unprecedented, while the director's use of multiple cameras, montage editing, and slow motion quickly became the normative style for rendering screen violence. Demonstrating to filmmakers the power of irony as a narrative voice and its effectiveness as a tool for exploring and portraying brutality, The Wild Bunch fundamentally changed the Western, moving it into a more brutal and psychopathic territory than it had ever occupied. This volume includes newly commissioned essays by several leading scholars of Peckinpah's work. Examining the film's production history from script to screen, its rich and ambivalent vision of American society, and its relationship to the Western genre, among other topics, it provides a definitive reinterpretation of an enduring film classic
Ran by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in Japanese and Undetermined and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An aging warlord decides to split his kingdom between his three sons, who will live in three separate castles. The two eldest sons are quite happy, but the youngest thinks his father has gone mad, and predicts that it won't be long until the two older brothers are fighting with each other
The naked prey( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a safari group hunting ivory insults an African tribe, they're captured and tortured. The last surviving member is given "the lion's chance" by the tribal leader to be hunted down by a party of tribal warriors. Naked and weaponless, the man is set loose with the hunters hot on his heels, beginning a life-or-death hunt through Africa. Includes essay booklet; interviews; and more
Tengoku to jigoku by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

3 editions published in 2008 in Japanese and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A complex crime thriller in which a wealthy Japanese shoe manufacturer's chauffeur's son is kidnapped in mistake for his own, and he faces a moral dilemma
Dodesuka-den by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in Japanese and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film follows the lives of the people who live in a slum, built in a garbage dump. A mentally disabled boy is obsessed with streetcars, driving an imaginary streetcar around, chanting "Dodes'ka-den! Dodes'ka-den!"--Mimicking the sound of the wheels. Some of the neighbors are a young woman living with her lecherous uncle; a pair of friends who get drunk and swap wives; a possibly mentally ill beggar and his son who live in a deserted car; and a man with five children who knows he is not the father of any, but treats them as if they were his own. Although they may dream of better times, these people are trapped--both physically and psychologically--doomed to live a life of disappointment (or worse), but many find ways to carry on
Jigokumon( Visual )

2 editions published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the midst of epic violent intrigue in twelfth-century Japan, an imperial warrior falls for a lady-in-waiting; even after he discovers she is married, he goes to extreme lengths to win her love
Straw dogs by Sam Peckinpah( Visual )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young mathematician, David Summer, and his English wife, Amy, move to a Cornish village, seeking the quiet life. But beneath the seemingly peaceful isolation of the village lies a savagery and violence that could destroy the couple
A dream of resistance : the cinema of Kobayashi Masaki by Stephen Prince( )

11 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Celebrated as one of Japan's greatest filmmakers, Kobayashi Masaki's scorching depictions of war and militarism marked him as a uniquely defiant voice in post-war Japanese cinema. A pacifist drafted into Japan's Imperial Army, Kobayashi survived the war with his principles intact and created a body of work that was uncompromising in its critique of the nation's military heritage. Yet his renowned political critiques were grounded in spiritual perspectives, integrating motifs and beliefs from both Buddhism and Christianity. A Dream of Resistance is the first book in English to explore Kobayashi's entire career, from the early films he made at Shochiku studio, to internationally-acclaimed masterpieces like The Human Condition, Harakiri, and Samurai Rebellion, and on to his final work for NHK Television. Closely examining how Kobayashi's upbringing and intellectual history shaped the values of his work, Stephen Prince illuminates the political and religious dimensions of Kobayashi's films, interpreting them as a prayer for peace in troubled times. Prince draws from a wealth of rare archives, including previously untranslated interviews, material that Kobayashi wrote about his films, and even the young director's wartime diary. The result is an unprecedented portrait of this singular filmmaker"--
Kwaidan by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

3 editions published in 2015 in Japanese and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After more than a decade of sober political dramas and social-minded periodpieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn's collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. In The black hair, a poor young samurai leaves his first wife to marry a rich woman. When he is unhappy in his second marriage, he returns to his first wife, who at first appears unchanged from when he last saw her. In The woman of the snow, a woodcutter is spared by a mysterious ghost-like woman in the snow, but must promise never to tell anyone what he has seen. In Hoichi, the earless, a blind musician-monk named Hoichi is commanded by a gathering of ghosts to sing the saga of their ancient deeds. The head monk paints Hoichi's body with prayer verses to protect him, but unfortunately overlooks Hoichi's ears. In In a cup of tea, a writer wonders what would happen to a person who drinks another's soul and finds out
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Classical film violence : designing and regulating brutality in Hollywood cinema, 1930-1968
Classical film violence : designing and regulating brutality in Hollywood cinema, 1930-1968Digital visual effects in cinema : the seduction of realityThe horror filmFirestorm : American film in the age of terrorismSavage cinema : Sam Peckinpah and the rise of ultraviolent moviesThe warrior's camera : the cinema of Akira KurosawaA new pot of gold : Hollywood under the electronic rainbow, 1980-1989Visions of empire : political imagery in contemporary American film
Alternative Names
Prince, Stephan 1955-

Prince, Stephen R. 1955-

Prince, Stephen Robert 1955-

Stephen Prince American film critic

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Japanese (13)

Turkish (1)