Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen

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From the Short Cuts book Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen.

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Often dismissed as simple escapist tales of sword and sorcery, fantasy is one of the fundamental impulses in filmmaking, a source of some of the most vivid and memorable films ever made that reaches far beyond the confines of a single genre. As well as some of the major genres, stylistic approaches and exponents of cinematic fantasy - from Georges Méliè̀s, Walt Disney, and Andrei Tarkovsky to contemporary fantasists such as Terry Gilliam and Peter Jackson - this volume focuses on fantasy's social function with case studies including The Thief of Baghdad (1924), Excalibur (1981), the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03), and Bruce Almighty (2003). Taking in the popular and the experimental, subversive desires and reactionary dreams, this book is an accessible introduction to one of the vital energies in cinema. The Short Cuts series is a comprehensive list of introductory texts covering the full spectrum of Film Studies, specifically designed for building an individually-styled library for all students and enthusiasts of cinema and popular culture.


Three films are considered lost:
- La cigale et la fourmi (1897)
- La caverne maudite (1898)
- Le petit chaperon rouge (1901)

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    A Canterbury Tale

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    Aladdin

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    1926 — a.k.a. The Adventures of Prince Achmed, in 10 top lists Check
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    Die Blechtrommel

    1979 — a.k.a. The Tin Drum, in 14 top lists Check
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    1924 — a.k.a. Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge, in 11 top lists Check
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    Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

    1924 — a.k.a. Siegfried's Death, in 11 top lists Check
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    Dragonslayer

    1981, in 1 top list Check
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    El laberinto del fauno

    2006 — a.k.a. Pan's Labyrinth, in 29 top lists Check
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    El espíritu de la colmena

    1973 — a.k.a. The Spirit of the Beehive, in 20 top lists Check
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    Eragon

    2006, in 2 top lists Check
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    Eraserhead

    1977, in 16 top lists Check
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    Excalibur

    1981, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Fall

    2006, in 5 top lists Check
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