Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films

Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films

by Molly Haskell


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300234473
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Series: Jewish Lives
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 630,880
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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

Preface vii

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

18 Lincoln and Bridge of Spies 198

Notes 207

Index 215

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