Steven Spielberg's Style by Stealth

Authors: Mairata, James

  • Comprehensively considers how Steven Spielberg puts his films together
  • Examines Spielberg’s technique in never-before-seen detail and clearly illustrates how he makes his narratives more effective and engaging for an audience
  • Exposes some of the technical 'secrets' of a famous film director
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This book reveals how Spielberg utilises stylistic strategies that are both unique and innovative when considered within the context of the classical Hollywood system. James Mairata identifies two distinct systems at work in Spielberg's application of style. One is the use of deep space compositions and staging, a form that was commonly seen in Hollywood cinema until the rise of the 'New Hollywood' in the early 1970s. The other system is based on the ubiquitous shot, reverse shot arrangement most commonly used for dialogue scenes, and which Spielberg has modified into what the author describes as wide reverses. Through the integration of both systems, Spielberg is able to create a more complete visual sense of scenographic space and a more comprehensive world of the narrative, while still remaining within the conventional boundaries of classical style. The wide reverse system also permits him to present a more highly developed version of Hollywood's conventional practice of rendering style as transparent or unnoticed. This volume shows that this, together with the wide reverse further enables Spielberg to create a narrative that offers the spectator both a more immersive and more affective experience. 


About the authors

James Mairata is Lecturer in Narrative Theory and Production at Charles Sturt University, Australia.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Steven Spielberg's Style by Stealth
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69081-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69081-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69080-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 350
Number of Illustrations
200 b/w illustrations
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