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“An Awfully Big Adventure”

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0016
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details Spielberg’s sideline as producer of other directors’ movies; the impact of his production duties on the quality of his own films; his involvement in the TV series Amazing Stories ... More


“A Hell of a Big Break”

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter traces Spielberg’s unconventional path to becoming a professional filmmaker. Spielberg never attended film school. Universal Studios served as his training ground, which gave him an ... More


“Ecstasy and Grief”

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0014
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details Spielberg’s involvement in the films E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Poltergeist, Gremlins, Twilight Zone—The Movie, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.


“This Tremendous Meatgrinder”

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on Spielberg’s early career as a director. The discussions include Spielberg’s seven-year directing contract at Universal; his jobs directing Joan Crawford in the TV movie Night ... More


“A Primal Scream Movie”

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter describes the making of Jaws. While Spielberg was not the first choice as director, he was eventually chosen for the project and his signing was announced on June 21, 1973. Jaws would ... More


Watch the Skies

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter describes the origins and the making of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The film combines purely fictional storytelling elements with the extensive post-World War II reports and ... More


“Rehab”

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details Spielberg’s relationship with actress Amy Irving; the making of the film 1941; and his collaboration with George Lucas in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Working as a hired hand for ... More


Mensch

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0017
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on the making of Schindler’s List, a three-hour, black-and-white film about the Holocaust that became the transforming experience of Spielberg’s lifetime. After more than a ... More


“A Wimp in a World of Jocks”

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter describes the Spielberg family’s move to Arizona in 1957; the start of Spielberg’s interest in moviemaking; filmmaking as a natural outgrowth of his boyhood need for attention; his ... More


“The Steven Spielberg Business”

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter describes the making of the TV movie Duel (1971), which catapulted twenty-four-year-old Spielberg into the leading ranks of Hollywood filmmakers, as well as the film The Sugarland ... More


“400-Pound Gorilla”

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0021
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter describes the controversy over the film Munich; attacks against Spielberg for his alleged deleterious cultural and economic influence on the world of filmmaking; the first academic ... More


“Hell on Earth”

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter describes Spielberg’s unofficial Hollywood apprenticeship at Universal in the summer of 1964; his encounters with anti-Semitism at Saratoga High School; his friendships with Don Schull ... More


“How wondrous are thy works”

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter describes how Spielberg frequently mines his childhood for inspiration; how Schindler’s List silenced his critics; his early rejection of his Jewish roots and his gradual return to them; ... More


“Adult Truths”

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0015
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details Spielberg’s first meeting with actress Kate Capshaw; his founding of Amblin Entertainment with Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy in 1984; and the making of The Color Purple.


Mogul and Director

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0018
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on the challenges of establishing DreamWorks SKG. Spielberg took a three-year hiatus from directing to build up DreamWorks, which proved to be one of the busiest periods of his ... More


Close Encounters: Analysis

Jon Towlson

in Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325079
eISBN:
9781800342194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325079.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter presents a detailed analysis of Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). The long take is a Spielberg staple: examples exist in each of his films, but it is an ... More


“Mazik”

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter considers the controversy over Spielberg’s true age. Spielberg’s birth certificate shows that he was born at Cincinnati’s Jewish Hospital on December 18, 1946—not December 18, 1947 as ... More


Mainstream Independent

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0019
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter describes Spielberg’s support for Democratic candidates, especially Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama; his family life; the movies made by DreamWorks; his friendship with Stanley ... More


“Big Spiel”

Joseph McBride

in Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604738360
eISBN:
9781604738377
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on Spielberg’s high school years. Spielberg’s accounts of his high school years have tended to conflate some of his experiences at Arcadia High School in Phoenix with experiences ... More


Close Encounters: Influences and Production Background

Jon Towlson

in Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325079
eISBN:
9781800342194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325079.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines a number of filmic influences on Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), which give it an element of intertextuality. Rather than lending Close Encounters ... More


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