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Steven Spielberg's Reputation (02:18)


Spielberg knows how to invoke intense emotion through film. He is one of the most commercially successful filmmakers in history.

Spielberg's Early Life and Education (04:04)

Spielberg was born into an Orthodox Jewish household. He grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and went to the cinema every week; he began making films at age 12. A tour of Universal Studios led to connections that eventually got him a job as an apprentice television director.

"Duel" (01:48)

This film made in 1971 was released on television and starred Dennis Weaver. It showed how skilled Spielberg was at using tension, suspense and character. In 1974, he directed "The Sugarland Express" starring Goldie Hawn.

"Jaws" (02:23)

This 1975 film stars Roy Schrieder, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss. The blockbuster about a shark terrorizing a community cemented Spielberg's place in Hollywood.

"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (02:31)

This 1977 film was Spielberg's first work of science fiction. Francois Truffaut plays a scientist trying to communicate with aliens.

'Raiders of the Lost Ark" (02:48)

The film "1941" damaged Spielberg's reputation in Hollywood. The "Indiana Jones" film starring Harrison Ford and George Lucas restored his reputation in 1981.

"E.T. the Extraterrestrial" (02:27)

This 1984 film was a result of a conversation Spielberg had with screenwriter Melissa Mathison. It is based on a character he created as a child.

"The Color Purple" (02:54)

Spielberg had cemented his place in Hollywood by the time he made "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom." His next film, made in 1985, is about a black woman in the Deep South who survives horrific abuse.

"Empire of the Sun" (02:34)

This 1987 film intertwines with Spielberg's relationship with his father and marks his transition into politically aware films.

"Jurassic Park" (02:27)

From the late 1980s to the early 1990s, Spielberg made "Always," "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," and "Hook." His 1993 blockbuster about dinosaurs was his last great "monster film."

"Schindler's List" (03:35)

This 1993 film is Spielberg's most controversial film. It starred Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley. Spielberg won his first Academy Award for best director.

"Saving Private Ryan" (03:26)

In 1998, Spielberg won his second Academy Award for best director. Tom Hanks starred in this World War II film.

"A.I. Artificial Intelligence" (02:28)

Originally, Stanley Kubrik was going to direct this 2001 film.

"Minority Report" (01:55)

This 2002 film stars Tom Cruise and Colin Farrell. Spielberg reunited with Cruise for "War of the Worlds" and worked with Hanks on "Catch Me if You Can" and "The Terminal."

"Munich" (02:39)

This 2005 film starring Eric Bana is a spy story about the aftermath of the 1972 Olympic terrorist attack.

"Lincoln" (00:0-2425)

After "Munich," Spielberg directed "Bridge of Spies," "The Post," "Ready Player One," "BFG," "The Adventures of Tintin," and "West Side Story." His 2012 about the former president stars Daniel Day Lewis.

Credits: Steven Spielberg (The Directors, Season 7) (00:37)

Credits: Steven Spielberg (The Directors, Season 7)

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This series looks at the 20th century’s iconic film directors; the real innovators whose breakthrough direction made film into the movies. Their early lives, often escaping war or poverty found expression in theatre, then film, forming the fundamental art that is cinema. This episode focuses on Steve Spielberg.

Length: 46 minutes

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ISBN: 979-8-88678-569-2

Copyright date: ©2022

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