Spielberg: The Man, the Movies, the Mythology

Spielberg: The Man, the Movies, the Mythology

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by Frank Sanello
     
 

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Based on more than a half dozen interviews with the director himself, this unauthorized biography recounts Spielberg's childhood, education, career, philanthropic and charitable endeavors, and his extremely private personal life. This updated edition explores Spielberg's latest filmmaking efforts, from Schindler's List to Men in Black 2.

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Based on more than a half dozen interviews with the director himself, this unauthorized biography recounts Spielberg's childhood, education, career, philanthropic and charitable endeavors, and his extremely private personal life. This updated edition explores Spielberg's latest filmmaking efforts, from Schindler's List to Men in Black 2.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
That adversity is the mother of invention certainly holds in the life of the most successful filmmaker of all time. Born in 1947, Spielberg grew up as a harassed Jew in a WASP suburb of Cincinnati. Fascinated by film from an early age, he used his sisters as actors as he made movies as a teenager. Rejected at the prestigious UCLA Film School because of insufficient grades, in 1969 he directed his first movie, Amblin', which won awards at the Venice and Atlanta film festivals and was brought to the attention of executives at Universal Studios. His first professional job was directing Joan Crawford in a segment of Rod Serling's Night Gallery TV series. He first hit paydirt with The Sugarland Express and in 1975 would become an artistic and financial success with Jaws, which was followed by Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Sanello (Cruise: The Unauthorized Biography) chronicles behind-the-scenes stories about the making of each Spielberg picture. He also looks at the director's marriages to actresses Amy Irving and Kate Capshaw. Although the author tends to psychoanalyze Spielberg over his emerging sense of Jewish identity and the making of Schindler's List (for which Spielberg won an Oscar for best director), this is a solid, fast-paced bio. Photos not seen by PW. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Spielberg often ranks at or near the top of Hollywood's power list. The world's most successful director, he also heads his own production company and recently helped form the potential entertainment conglomerate DreamWorks SKG. This book traces Spielberg's career from apprenticeship days to the triumph of Schindler's List. Unfortunately, the author seems less interested in Spielberg's work than in speculation, gossip, and trivia regarding Spielberg's failed first marriage to actress Amy Irving and his second marriage to actress Kate Capshaw. The book has too many sneering asides on critics and performers, doesn't give enough detail on individual films, and quotes Look magazine in 1979 (it ceased publication years earlier). A truly outstanding book on the director has yet to be written, but libraries should consider Douglas Brode's The Films of Steven Spielberg (Carol Pub. Group, 1994), a good introduction to basic themes in his work. This superficial book is not a necessary purchase.-Stephen Rees, Levittown Regional Lib., Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878331482
Publisher:
Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date:
08/05/2002
Edition description:
Updated
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,230,275
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.74(d)

Meet the Author

Frank Sanello, author of Cruise: The Unauthorized Biography, has written for The New York Times, People, and The Los Angeles Daily News. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Spielberg: The Man, the Movies, the Mythology 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Steven Spielberg, one of today's greatest movie director's, has an amazing life. In these pages, it clearly explains his favorite childhood activities, his first money-making movie (he made it when he was 16) and how he became one of the most sucessful filmmaker's. From 1973(His first theactrical movie 'Sugarland Express') to now, it's definately a great bio.