Steven Spielberg has become a brand name and a force that extends far beyond the movie screen. Phrases like “phone home” and the music score from “Jaws” are now part of our cultural script, appearing in commercials, comedy routines, and common conversation. Yet few scholars have devoted time to studying Spielberg’s vast output of popular films despite the director’s financial and aesthetic achievements.
Spanning 25 years of Spielberg’s career, this book explores the issues, themes, and financial considerations surrounding his works. The blockbuster creator of “E.T.”, “Jaws” and “Schindler’s List” talks about dreams and the almighty dollar.
Ranging from Spielberg’s twenties to his mid-fifties, the interviews chart his evolution from a brash young film-maker trying to make his way in Hollywood, to his spectacular blockbuster triumphs, to his maturation as a director seeking to inspire the imagination with meaningful subjects. The Steven Spielberg who emerges in these talks is a complex mix of businessman and artist, of arrogance and insecurity, of shallowness and substance. Often interviewers will uncover the director’s human side, noting how changes in Spielberg’s personal life-marriage, divorce, fatherhood, remarriage-affect his movies.