Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg

A Life in Films

Book - 2017
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A film-centric portrait of the extraordinarily gifted movie director whose decades-long influence on American popular culture is unprecedented

"Everything about me is in my films," Steven Spielberg has said. Taking this as a key to understanding the hugely successful moviemaker, Molly Haskell explores the full range of Spielberg's works for the light they shine upon the man himself. Through such powerhouse hits as Close Encounters of the Third Kind , E.T ., Jurassic Park , and Indiana Jones, to lesser-known masterworks like A.I. and Empire of the Sun, to the haunting Schindler's List , Haskell shows how Spielberg's uniquely evocative filmmaking and story-telling reveal the many ways in which his life, work, and times are entwined.

Organizing chapters around specific films, the distinguished critic discusses how Spielberg's childhood in non-Jewish suburbs, his parents' traumatic divorce, his return to Judaism upon his son's birth, and other events echo in his work. She offers a brilliant portrait of the extraordinary director--a fearful boy living through his imagination who grew into a man whose openness, generosity of spirit, and creativity have enchanted audiences for more than 40 years.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780300186932
Branch Call Number: 791.4302 Spiel-H
Characteristics: xiii, 224 pages : illustrations.


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Dec 06, 2017

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.

Aug 12, 2017

"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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