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Prince, Stephen 1955-

Works: 69 works in 309 publications in 3 languages and 19,651 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Film adaptations  Horror films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Survival films  Samurai films  Biographical films  Epic films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Commentator, Other, 3dt, Author of introduction
Classifications: PN1993.5.U6, 791.430233092
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Stephen Prince
The warrior's camera : the cinema of Akira Kurosawa by Stephen Prince( Book )

24 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and Turkish and held by 1,198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

21 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 740 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 732 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 706 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 )

36 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The horror film( Book )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 563 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 )

26 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 522 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 )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 439 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 naked prey( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a safari hunting ivory offends an African tribe, they are captured and tortured. One man is released without weapons or clothing, to be hunted in a life or death race
Visions of empire : political imagery in contemporary American film by Stephen Prince( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined 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 )

17 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 387 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.--Publisher description
Straw dogs by Sam Peckinpah( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

David and Amy Sumner, a Hollywood screenwriter and his actress wife, return to her small hometown in the deep South to prepare the family home for sale after her father's death. Once there, tensions build in their marriage and old conflicts re-emerge with the locals, including Amy's ex-boyfriend Charlie, which leads to a violent confrontation
Kwaidan by Hideo Nakata( Visual )

2 editions published in 2015 in Japanese and held by 155 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
The samurai trilogy three films by Hiroshi Mifune, Toshiro Inagaki( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in Japanese and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hiroshi Inagaki's acclaimed Samurai trilogy is based on the novel that has been called Japan's Gone with the wind. This sweeping saga of the legendary seventeenth century samurai Musashi Miyamoto plays out against the turmoil of a devastating civil war. It follows Musashi's odyssey from unruly youth to enlightened 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

A new pot of gold : Hollywood under the electronic rainbow, 1980-1989Firestorm : American film in the age of terrorismScreening violenceSavage cinema : Sam Peckinpah and the rise of ultraviolent moviesMovies and meaning : an introduction to filmClassical film violence : designing and regulating brutality in Hollywood cinema, 1930-1968The horror filmAmerican cinema of the 1980s : themes and variations