Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films by Molly Haskell
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.
Molly Haskell is a film critic and the author of five previous books, including FromReverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies, and Love and Other Infectious Diseases. She writes and lectures widely on film. She lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
1 Beginnings and the Lost Ark 1
2 Steve Bites His Nails and Hears Voices 14
3 Arcadia: The Best and Worst of Times 24
4 The Kid with the Briefcase 36
5 Jaws "Open Wide" 57
6 Close Encounters of the Third Kind 68
7 1941 and Raiders of the Lost Ark 80
8 E.T., Poltergeist, and Twilight Zone 91
9 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Color Purple 103
10 Empire of the Sun 117
11 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Always, and Hook 125
12 Schindler's List, Jurassic Park, and the Shoah Foundation 138
13 Amistad and The Lost World: Jurassic Park 157
14 Saving Private Ryan and A.I. 163
15 Minority Report and Catch Me If You Can 176
16 The Terminal, War of the Worlds, and Munich 186
17 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Adventures of Tintin, and War Horse 194
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