Steven Spielberg: A Biography / Edition 2

Steven Spielberg: A Biography / Edition 2

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by Joseph McBride
     
 

ISBN-10: 1604738367

ISBN-13: 9781604738360

Pub. Date: 02/28/2011

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Until the first edition of Steven Spielberg: A Biography was published in 1997, much about Spielberg's personality and the forces that shaped it had remained enigmatic, in large part because of his tendency to obscure and mythologize his own past. But in this first full-scale, in-depth biography of Spielberg, Joseph McBride reveals hidden dimensions of

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Until the first edition of Steven Spielberg: A Biography was published in 1997, much about Spielberg's personality and the forces that shaped it had remained enigmatic, in large part because of his tendency to obscure and mythologize his own past. But in this first full-scale, in-depth biography of Spielberg, Joseph McBride reveals hidden dimensions of the filmmaker's personality and shows how deeply personal even his most commercial work has been.

This new edition adds four chapters to Spielberg's life story, chronicling his extraordinarily active and creative period from 1997 to the present, a period in which he has balanced his executive duties as one of the partners in the film studio DreamWorks SKG with a remarkable string of films as a director. Spielberg's ambitious recent work—including Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, A. I. Artifucial Intelligence, Minority Report, The Terminal and Munich—has continually expanded his range both stylistically and in terms of adventurous, often controversial, subject matter.

Steven Spielberg: A Biography brought about a reevaluation of the great filmmaker's life and work by those who viewed him as merely a facile entertainer. This new edition guides readers through the mature artistry of Spielberg's later period in which he manages, against considerable odds, to run a successful studio while maintaining and enlarging his high artistic standards as one of America's most thoughtful, sophisticated, and popular filmmakers.

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ISBN-13:
9781604738360
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
02/28/2011
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
274,861
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue "Cecil B. DeSpielberg" 11

1 "How Wondrous are Thy Works" 16

2 "Mazik" 35

3 "Meshuggeneh" 50

4 "A Wimp in a World of Jocks" 66

5 "Big Spiel" 94

6 "Hell on Earth" 112

7 "A Hell of a Big Break" 135

8 "This Tremendous Meatgrinder" 167

9 "The Steven Spielberg Business" 199

10 "A Primal Scream Movie" 226

11 Watch the Skies 261

12 "Rehab" 293

13 "Ecstacy and Grief" 323

14 "Adult Truths" 359

15 "An Awfully Big Adventure" 379

16 Mensch 414

17 Mogul and Director 449

18 Mainstream Independent 469

19 Light in the Darkness 487

20 "400-Pound Gorilla" 505

Acknowledgments 533

Notes on Sources 539

Chapter Notes 547

Filmography and Videography 597

Index 608

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Steven Spielberg 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is nobody in Hollywood more well known than Steven Spielberg. It's almost a for sure hit when he agrees to make your movie. Think about it...Jaws, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Shindler's List, and of course, my favorite, Saving Private Ryan. The list goes on for as long as you could possibly go. He is indeed the greatest director of all time. This book was completely outstanding, giving me all the information I could handle, but providing so much more. It talks of his family dating back to the early 1800's. It's amazing to look at his history and especially about all of his famous films. I loved the part about how he made movies when he was fifteen: Escape to Nowhere, Firelight (which became Close Encounters of the Third Kind when he made it with a Hollywood budget.) That part gave me much confidence that I could one day be a well-known director. I began making movies at the age of 13 without knowing that he did the same. I have now worked my way up to making almost feature-lengthed war movies, along with writing horror novels. Although I'm only 14 now, reading about his past and the successes he had when he was my age, it gives me the confidence I need to continue writing and directing. For anybody that enjoys reading, movies, Steven Spielberg, or just wants to learn some more information, I highly recommend this book. Truly amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a very addictive story of spielberg's life. I recomend this book to all movie lovers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard that he'll be directing transformers 4 if there is one