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Spielberg on Spielberg (2007)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary, Biography  |  9 July 2007 (USA)
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Considered to be one of the most respected film critics in the country, as evidenced by his work with Time magazine, Richard Schickel is widely known for writing, producing and directing a number of documentaries about Hollywood and its most important figures. As the producer of works such as "Woody Allen: A Life in Film" and "Scorsese on Scorsese", Schickel allows legendary filmmakers to explain their work. This time, Schickel has reunited with producer and director Steven Spielberg (welcome back from Mars if you haven't heard of him) for his most recent effort, "Spielberg on Spielberg", which premiered on Turner Classic Movies. The pair also collaborated on 2000's "Shooting War", a profile of World War II photographers. Already a living legend, the Oscar-winning director has chosen to share one of the most impressive American success stories: that of a young filmmaker who was brave enough to dare to dream and who would eventually give the world some of the most entertaining and ... Written by alfiehitchie

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A lively look at a master filmmaker
23 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Richard Schickel, who always does excellent film documentaries, has again given us an insightful interview with a director. This time it's Steven Spielberg. Spielberg talks of the films he made in childhood, his entry into show business, his first forays in directing, and his many accomplishments. The interview is interspersed with film clips of Spielberg's teen efforts, the TV movie he directed, "Duel," as well as "Jaws," "Schindler's List," "E.T.," "Close Encounters" et al.

It's obvious from listening to Spielberg talk that he's a man of tremendous energy and passion whose ambition early on led him to take risks and ask for what he wanted. I doubt very much if his success was ever in doubt among those who knew him. A dedicated family man, he says that he wouldn't end "Close Encounters" the way he did originally, that now, as an older and committed husband and father, he knows the value of family in a way that he didn't back then. He also speaks of the formation of his Shoah Foundation, an offshoot of his work in "Schindler's List." At 60 years old, Spielberg speaks with the excitement of a man years younger and with the rapid speech of a teenager. We can expect much more interesting and varied work from him in the years to come.


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