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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Film history at its best: rich in information, often dazzling in perception." --Kirkus Reviews

"Shrewd and unsentimental." --Publishers Weekly

"Compulsively readable. . . . This will get us as close to Spielberg as we can without being Kate Capshaw." --New Times (Los Angeles)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604738360
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 240,368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph McBride, Berkeley, California, is a film historian and associate professor in the cinema department at San Francisco State University. His many books include Searching for John Ford, Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success; Hawks on Hawks; and What Ever Happened to Orson Welles? A Portrait of an Independent Career.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2000

    Everything you want and more!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    I loved it!

    This book was a very addictive story of spielberg's life. I recomend this book to all movie lovers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Transformers 4

    I heard that he'll be directing transformers 4 if there is one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2002

    DETAIL OVER HEART: THE OPPOSITE OF HIS SUBJECT

    In this thorough and expansive biography of the most influential film maker of our time (possibly all time) Mr. McBride has missed perhaps the greatest lesson Spielberg has to teach us. Noting that his subject declined to co-operate (in order to save some surprises for his own autobiography) McBride still assembles a most detailed study of the mans life from family origins to current successes. The research that has clearly gone into the study of a life is astounding, old neighbours and high-school acquaintences are interviewed at length, providing a fuller picture than most self written bio's. The flaw here is a lack of heart or emotion of any kind, objectivity has been carried to such a level that you could get the impression that the writer doesnt care about his subject, the writing is often dry and unconcerned. That minor criticism aside McBride has done an admirable job of profiling a surprisingly private man. No detail is omitted and there is no evidence of the author being star-struck by his subject. Speilberg's films contain more emotion than any other director and it a shame that this couldnt come through in this book. That said, until the elusive Mr. Spielberg gets around to telling the story himself this book is a more than adequate substitute.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2001

    STEVEN SPIELBERG IS THE BEST OUT THERE

    YOU ARE THE MOST TALENTED PERSON. I LOVE ALL YOUR MOVIES. IN FACT I HAVE ADMIRED YOUR WRITING EVER SINCE I WAS 15 YEARS OLD. YOUR VERY TALENTED AND ALL YOUR BOOKS AND MOVIES ARE TOP NOTCH. I WROTE A BOOK CALLED THE UNICORN THAT WANTED TO FLY AND SENT IT TO YOU..I STILL HAVE YOUR LETTER AND PICTURE THAT WAS SENT TO ME. I WROTE A BOOK CALLED THE GOLDEN LOCKET THAT ONE DOES SELLS IN THE BOOK STORES.I WANT TO SAY THAT STEVEN HAS BEEN AN INSPIRATION AND ALSO A BIG JOY OF THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD............YOUR THE BEST...

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