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Inside Spielberg’s Fantasy Factory

A guided tour of animated DreamWorks movies

The Art of Dreamworks Animation

The Art of DreamWorks Animation

By Ramin Zahed

Hardcover, 324 pages ($50, Abrams)

 

The movie studio created in 1994 by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen quickly became a major Hollywood player, and this handsome, high-end coffee-table book celebrates the production company’s achievements in animated films including the Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda franchises, as well as single releases such as Chicken Run, Puss in Boots, The Prince of Egypt and the recent Mr. Peabody and Sherman. More than 320 sketches, production designs, computer-animation graphics and still reproductions are accompanied by commentary from DreamWorks artists and movie directors, making for a gorgeous guided tour inside one of Tinseltown’s most successful fantasy factories.

 

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Slices of Masterpieces

A meticulous, moment-by-moment look at the magic of the movies

MomentsThatMadetheMoviesMoments That Made The Movies

By David Thomson

Hardcover, 304 pages ($39.95, Thames & Hudson)

Thomson, an accomplished film historian, author and the movie critic for The New Republic, painstakingly examines meticulously selected scenes from 70 films spanning a century of cinema, nothing each one’s unique contributions to the art form’s history and development. Many you’ll recognize (Gone With The Wind, Psycho, The Godfather); others are buried treasures (Burn After Reading, Sansho The Bailiff, A History Of Violence); after reading what Thomson says about them, you’ll be convinced they’re all slices of masterpieces. With more than 250 color and black-and-white photos, it’s a visually thrilling tour of the magic of the movies, one special moment at a time.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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