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Steven Spielberg: A Biography by Joseph…

Steven Spielberg: A Biography

by Joseph McBride

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Very good biography. Especially strong with regards to Spielberg's early days. The critical but balanced discussion of his later films let me to reassess quite a few of my former lazily harsh initial reactions to them. ( )
  ajungherr | Mar 15, 2018 |
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Writing a biography is tough enough when the subject is dead and the biographer must rely on a paper trail and recollections of contemporaries to relate the essence of the man or woman's life. When the subject still lives--and especially when he is as powerful as Steven Spielberg--a whole new set of problems emerge. For one thing, it's difficult to find anyone willing to criticize a man who pulls as many strings in the film industry as Spielberg; for another, how does one evaluate a career that is still in progress? If the definitive Spielberg biography cannot yet be written, Joseph McBride's Steven Spielberg: A Biography will suffice in the interim. Though certainly affected by the aforementioned constraints, McBride still creates an impressive portrait of the man behind Schindler's List, E.T., Jurassic Park, and many, many more.

McBride is especially effective at limning the contours of Spielberg's childhood. Born in 1946 to Arnold and Leah Spielberg, the young Steven endured both frequent moves and his parents' unhappy domestic life. These factors, combined with the anti-Semitism he encountered as a teenager, drove the introverted Spielberg to seek approval through filmmaking. In addition to exploring Spielberg's private life, McBride offers some perceptive criticism of his work. Anyone interested in the film industry and Spielberg's place in it will find Joseph McBride's Steven Spielberg a valuable resource.

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This is the first full biography of the most successful film-maker in history, whose power now exceeds that of the greatest movie mogul of Hollywood's golden era. His greatest hits include Jaws, ET, Jurassic Park and Schindler's List.

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