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Prince, Stephen 1955-

Works: 74 works in 323 publications in 4 languages and 20,088 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Film adaptations  Action and adventure films  Samurai films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Detective and mystery films  Reference works  War films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Commentator, Other, Author of introduction, 3dt
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Stephen Prince
The warrior's camera : the cinema of Akira Kurosawa by Stephen Prince( Book )

27 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new pot of gold : Hollywood under the electronic rainbow, 1980-1989 by Stephen Prince( Book )

23 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 847 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
Firestorm : American film in the age of terrorism by Stephen Prince( Book )

9 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 739 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
Screening violence( Book )

13 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Savage cinema : Sam Peckinpah and the rise of ultraviolent movies by Stephen Prince( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 705 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
Movies and meaning : an introduction to film by Stephen Prince( Book )

39 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 692 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
Ran by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in Japanese and held by 628 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
Classical film violence : designing and regulating brutality in Hollywood cinema, 1930-1968 by Stephen Prince( Book )

13 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The horror film( Book )

9 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 561 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
American cinema of the 1980s : themes and variations( Book )

28 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 523 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
Digital visual effects in cinema : the seduction of reality by Stephen Prince( Book )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 442 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
Tengoku to jigoku by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in Japanese and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A complex crime thriller in which a wealthy shoe manufacturer's chauffeur's son is kidnapped in mistake for his own, and he faces a moral dilemma -- should he pay the ransom anyway and risk losing his position?
The naked prey( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Glamorous leading man turned idiosyncratic auteur Cornel Wilde created in the sixties and seventies a handful of gritty, violent explorations of the nature of man, none more memorable than The Naked Prey. In the early nineteenth century, after an ivory-hunting safari offends an African tribe, the colonialists are captured and hideously tortured. Only Wilde's marksman is released, without clothes or weapons, to be hunted for sport, and he embarks on a harrowing journey through savanna and jungle, back to a primitive state. Distinguished by vivid widescreen camera work and the unflinching depiction of savagery, The Naked Prey is both a propulsive, stripped-to-the-bone narrative and a meditation on the notion of civilization. - Container
Visions of empire : political imagery in contemporary American film by Stephen Prince( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 408 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 decay. In analyzing these images and narratives, the author also describes and evaluates the cinematic styles available in the Hollywood tradition to filmmakers who address political issues.''Chapter 1 establishes the theoretical framework by considering features of the political landscape of the Reagan era. Theories about political representation and the place of ideology in film are also examined. Chapters 2 through 5 focus on the major cycles of political films. Chapter 2 examines the new Cold War films which played upon fears of the Soviet menace (Rambo, Invasion USA, Red Dawn, and Top Gun). Chapter 3 discusses the small group of films--Under Fire, Salvador, El Norte and others--that addressed the wars in Latin America and the ways they explained the origins of the conflicts and the U.S. role therein. Various histories and mythologies on film of the Vietnam War are examined in Chapter 4 as examples of the symbolic reconstruction of social memory. Chapter 5 looks at politicized science fiction films (Blade Runner, Aliens, Robocop, and Total Recall) offering critical commentaries on the pathologies of contemporary urban society and capitalism
Sam Peckinpah's The wild bunch by Stephen Prince( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 392 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
Dodesuka-den by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in Japanese and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diversos individuos malviven entre la miseria y los escombros en los suburbios de Tokio. Un hombre y su hijo viven en un coche abandonado, cuando no buscan comida, se pasan el tiempo inventándose una casa en sueños. Algunos niños intentan sobrevivir en estos tugurios y tienen que gorronear para ayudar a sus padres. Sin embargo, y a pesar de la pobreza, las penuerias de sus vidas cotidianas son salvadas gracias a la ilusión y la imaginación
Jigokumon by Zhenzhizhu Yili( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 346 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 )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 213 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
Kakushitoride no san akunin = Hidden fortress by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 in Japanese and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa could make one. A general charged with guarding his defeated clan's princess as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director's most beloved films and was a primary influence on George Lucas's Star Wars. Delivers Kurosawa's trademark deft blend of wry humor, and breathtaking action
The samurai trilogy : three films( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in Japanese and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sweeping saga of the legendary seventeenth-century samurai, Musashi Miyamoto, set against the turmoil of a devastating civil war. Follows Musashi's odyssey from his unruly youth to his enlightened years as a warrior
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Firestorm : American film in the age of terrorism
Alternative Names
Prince, Stephan 1955-

Prince, Stephen R. 1955-

Prince, Stephen Robert 1955-

Stephen Prince American film critic

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