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Out of this World: Spielberg's Greatest Film [Kindle Edition]

Brian Hannan
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Book Description

From Jaws to E.T, and from Saving Private Ryan to his latest Academy Award Winning block-buster Lincoln, Steven Spielberg has established himself as arguably the world's greatest living director

He is a film-maker as accomplished as he is prolific - and a man who re-wrote the rules of cinema.

But which is his greatest film?

We all have our own favourites.

Is it children's science fiction classic, E.T?

Or the epic war film, Saving Private Ryan?

Or the moving drama, Schindler's List?

How about his latest historical drama, Lincoln?

Spielberg is considered to be one of the most popular and influential directors in the history of cinema.

In 'Out of this World: Spielberg's Greatest Film' Hannan sinks his teeth into some of the most successful Hollywood blockbusters of all time to answer the all important question- which is the very best of them all?

It is a book that no fan of Spielberg, or student of cinema, will want to miss.

Praise for Brian Hannan's books:

'A treat for any Hitchcock fan. You might not agree with it - but you can't miss it.' - Robert Foster, best-selling author of 'The Lunar Code'.

Brian Hannan writes a regular column for Cinema Retro magazine. He has programmed for film societies and has organised events and festivals. He will shortly be publishing a book on the making of Lawrence Of Arabia. He is also an award-winning journalist and campaigning editor.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 216 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (4 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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I am an odd combination - a movie buff, a food lover (I own a cookery school) and I've been writing fiction since I was fourteen.

I write about the movies I love. I really enjoy the research especially when I come across information that I know nobody else has published. It's a great thrill. Actually, it's hard to let the information go. It's like having a secret; once you share it, it stops being yours. My favourite movies are films from the 1960s but I'm also a big fan of Hitchcock, Spielberg, Scorsese and Ridley Scott. I can't say the editing process fills me with any joy. It's like after you've sat an exam, trying to remember if you answered a question correctly; I find I'm forever going back to check a date or the spelling of a name - and waking up in the middle of the night wondering if I've done so.

I've been beavering away for too many years on my film books and, like a dream come true, suddenly five of them were published by two different publishers. Endeavour Press picked up "Darkness Visible: Hitchcock's Greatest Film" and "Out Of This World: Spielberg's Greatest Film". Then in one week - for a variety of reasons I won't bore you with - Baroliant Press published "Hitchcock's Hollywood Hell", "The Making Of Lawrence Of Arabia" and "The Making Of The Guns Of Navarone".

I'm giving my first-ever talk at the Annual Bradford Widescreen Festival on April 28 where I'm also doing my first book signing and I'm giving the Father's Day Lecture this year at the Glasgow Film Theatre on "The Guns Of Navarone". I also write a regular column and contribute articles to "Cinema Retro" magazine.

Actually, my first published works were food-related. I edited a bestselling recipe book "The Flavour Of Scotland" back in the day and was also commissioned to write "Great Scots In The Cookery Business".

I had always hoped to get my fiction published but, you know what, I think that dream's fading now that the movie books are in print and Kindled (is that a word or have I just invented it?).

I should say that, if you get the chance, join a local writer's group. I've been going to the Johnstone Writers Group that meets in a pub every Thursday for the last ten years and it's been an excellent support network. Our members have published a dozen books between them as well as self-publishing a couple of anthologies. Our members write everything from romance, crime, fantasy, children's and historical fiction to poetry, memoirs and travel. Every week members read out their work and get helpful criticism. It's like gathering round a camp fire and listening to fabulous tales.

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4.0 out of 5 stars For Spielberg and general film fans. 12 Mar. 2013
By Miss HP
Format:Kindle Edition
In Out of this World, Hannan creates a strong argument as to which of Spielberg's films are the greatest. He constructs a shortlist and discusses the cinematography, plot and casting of each film. This book is perfect for people new to Spielberg's films as Hannan includes an overview of Spielberg's life and works. You may not always agree Hannan's opinion but this short book is of interest if a Spielberg or general film fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Insightful 18 April 2013
By Mw
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A good descriptive insight into spielbergs movies,reminding us of his talents.I don't always agree with best movie,mine being private ryan,but good to pay tribute to his work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One for the Film-Buffs out there 15 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Whether you're a fan or not, it's hard to deny the impact Spielberg has had on modern cinema. In many ways he altered how we view the medium of film itself. But what was his greatest creation? There are so many great iconic Spielberg films that even I found myself flitting between my choice. You may not agree with how Hannon views each contender, but this book is informative and precipitated a lively debate between my friends and I.
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