This book is not a biography. It is one woman's hachet-job on the films of Spielberg.
Much of the book is about her theories concerning what life experiences resulted in Spielberg making various decisions in his career. Simply put, a terrible book.
"The message is clear: girls, don't mess with your guys when they're playing with their toys."
I think it's safe to say that Steven Spielberg is the most popular and successful film director of all time. He's somewhat unfairly blamed for launching the summer blockbuster, he was a pioneer of special effects, and he brought a combination of childlike wonder and wiz kid technique to his work that influenced an entire generation of filmmakers. Critical acclaim eluded him for decades, but he finally is respected, even if his current movies, in my opinion, are a bit boring ("Lincoln," "Bridge of Spies," "War Horse"). The great feminist film critic Molly Haskell gives Spielberg the critical treatment he deserves, discussing all of his films and pulling out themes, as well as giving them context. If anything, I think she's a little too nice to him and I still don't get why critics defend "A.I." The library really should get her book "From Reverence to Rape." Part of Yale's Jewish Lives series.
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