Flights of Fancy
The Great Fantasy Films
About the Book
In-depth analyses are presented of 15 superior films, each one representing a subgenre of fantasy cinema—Beauty and the Beast, Conan the Barbarian, The Dark Crystal, Dragonslayer, 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, It’s a Wonderful Life, Jason and the Argonauts, King Kong, Lost Horizon, Popeye, Superman, The Thief of Baghdad, Time Bandits, Topper, and The Wizard of Oz.
A chapter is devoted to each film, providing a plot summary and detailed information about cast and crew, special effects (stop-motion animation, miniatures, hanging miniatures, optical effects, tricks of perspective, blue screens, matte paintings, glass shots, reverse projection, slow motion, rear and front projection, etc.), and strengths and weaknesses, as well as explorations of the film’s relationship to written fantasy, other films, and cultural myths.
About the Author(s)
Kenneth Von Gunden
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: photos, filmography, appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2001 
Book Reviews & Awards
“enjoyable”—Classic Images; “very thorough”—Rue Morgue; “exhaustive research…commendable”—Variety; “detailed examination…intelligently analyzed…useful”—Film Review Annual; “thorough analyses”—Reference & Research Book News; “detailed”—Science Fiction Chronicle; “in-depth studies of fantasy favorites…plenty of tidbits”—Burlington County Times.