The Enchanted Screen : The Unknown History of Fairy-tale Films (Paperback)

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"Jack Zipes takes us beyond Disney and DreamWorks to the many films that draw on fairy-tale sorcery for their cinematic power. With fierce analytic energy, encyclopedic inclusiveness, and imaginative verve, he enlivens an expansive history that reaches back to Georges Melies's enchantments and ends with the complex grotesqueries of Pan's Labyrinth and Little Otik." Maria Tatar, Harvard University

"The Enchanted Screen is a labor of love and a major work of scholarship, encyclopedic in reach and rich in sustained and detailed thinking. The `unknown history' of fairy-tale film is lucky to have found such a skilled and dedicated narrator." Stephen Benson, University of East Anglia Norwich

The Enchanted Screen: The Unknown History of Fairy-Tale Films offers readers a long overdue, comprehensive look at the rich history of fairy tales and their influence on film, complete with the inclusion of an extensive filmography compiled by the author. With this book, Jack Zipes not only looks at the extensive, illustrious life of fairy tales and cinema, but he also reminds us that, decades before Walt Disney made his mark on the genre, fairy tales were central to the birth of cinema as a medium, as they offered cheap, copyright-free material that could easily engage audiences not only through their familiarity but also through their dazzling special effects.

Since the story of fairy tales on film stretches far beyond Disney, this book discusses a broad range of films: silent, English and non-English, animated, live-action, puppetry, woodcut, montage (Jim Henson), cartoon, and digital. Zipes thus gives his readers an in-depth look into the special relationship between fairy tales and cinema, and guides us through this vast array of films by tracing the adaptations of major fairy tales like "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Snow White," "Peter Pan," and many more, from their earliest cinematic appearances to today.

Full of insight into some of our most beloved films and stories, and boldly illustrated with numerous film stills, The Enchanted Screen is essential reading for film buffs and fans of the fairy tale alike.


Publisher Routledge
Mfg Part# 9780415990615
SKU 211285326
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0415990610
Release Date 12/1/2010
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