Steven Spielberg was the boy wonder of the new Hollywood of the 1970s. Taking Orson Welles as his model, he made Duel aged only 25, following it up with a string of successes that brought him the adulation of the studios. As a fan of special effects, and entirely attuned to the shift towards younger film audiences, he created films such as Jaws (1975), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), ET (1982) and Jurassic Park (1993). His more recent incursions into science fiction and historical films (Schindler's List, 1993; Saving Private Ryan, 1998; Munich, 2005) have brought him international critical recognition.
Titles in the Master of Cinema series are lively and accessible introductions to the life and work of the world’s greatest film directors. Each book provides the keys to understanding a director’s career, from their earliest projects to their most recent films, alongside a complete filmography, film stills, on-set pictures and film posters.
Each title has 96 pages and 100 photographs, and features clear and insightful texts written by some of the world’s most respected film critics, journalists and scholars. For example, the title on David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart and Lost Highway) describes him as a director breathing new life into the sensory experiences of film audiences and disrupting narrative logic to mysterious and mystifying effect.