Fantasy Film

Fantasy Film : A Critical Introduction

3 (3 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 5 business days
When will my order arrive?


Fantasy Film proposes an innovative approach to the study of this most popular cinematic genre. Engaging with the diversity of tones, forms and styles that fantasy can take in the cinema, the book examines the value and significance of fantasy across a wide range of key films. This volume extends critical understanding beyond the often narrowly defined boundaries of what is seen as "fantasy".

Fantasy Film uses key concepts in film studies - such as authorship, representation, history,genre, coherence and point of view - to interrogate the fantasy genre and establish its parameters. A wide range of films are held up to close scrutiny to illustrate the discussion.

Moving from Alfred Hitchcock's dark thrillers to Vincente Minnelli's vibrant musicals, from George Melies' 1904 Voyage a travers l'impossible to the X-Men series, the creative dexterity and excitement of film fantasy is evoked and explored. The book will be invaluable to students and fans of the fantasy genre.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 12.7mm | 236g
  • Berg Publishers
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1847883087
  • 9781847883087
  • 1,065,915

Table of contents

1. Approaching Fantasy Film
2. Fantasy, History and Cinema
3. Fantasy, Authorship and Genre
4. Fantasy, Childhood and Entertainment
5. Fantasy, Imagination and Interiority
6. Fantasy, Style and Coherence
Annotated Guide to Further Reading
show more

Review quote

"James Walters provides an illuminating study of fantasy as an important mode in cinema, exploring a spectrum of films from Fritz Lang's You Only Live Once to Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings epic trilogy." * Christina Lee, Curtin University of Technology *
show more

About James Walters

James Walters is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Birmingham and author of Alternative Worlds in Hollywood Cinema and co-editor of Film Moments: Criticism, History, Theory.
show more

Rating details

3 ratings
3 out of 5 stars
5 0% (0)
4 33% (1)
3 33% (1)
2 33% (1)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X