Steven Spielberg: A Biography

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Steven Spielberg: A Biography

Format:  Paperback,

640 pages

Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi

Publish Date: Jan 2011

ISBN-13: 9781604738360

ISBN-10: 1604738367

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Until the first edition of "Steven Spielberg: A Biography" was published in 1997, much about Spielberg's personality and the forces that shaped it had remained enigmatic, in large part because of his tendency to obscure and mythologize his own past. But in this first full-scale, in-depth biography of Spielberg, Joseph McBride reveals hidden dimensions of the filmmaker's personality and shows how deeply personal even his most commercial work has been.

This new edition adds four chapters to Spielberg's life story, chronicling his extraordinarily active and creative period from 1997 to the present, a period in which he has balanced his executive duties as one of the partners in the film studio DreamWorks SKG with a remarkable string of films as a director. Spielberg's ambitious recent work--including "Amistad," "Saving Private Ryan," "A. I. Artifucial Intelligence," "Minority Report," "The Terminal" and "Munich"--has continually expanded his range both stylistically and in terms of adventurous, often controversial, subject matter.

"Steven Spielberg: A Biography" brought about a reevaluation of the great filmmaker's life and work by those who viewed him as merely a facile entertainer. This new edition guides readers through the mature artistry of Spielberg's later period in which he manages, against considerable odds, to run a successful studio while maintaining and enlarging his high artistic standards as one of America's most thoughtful, sophisticated, and popular filmmakers.

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Publisher: Univ Pr of Mississippi
Publish Date: Jan 2011
ISBN-13: 9781604738360
ISBN-10: 1604738367
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 640
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.25 x 2.0
Walmart No.: 9781604738360

Chapter outline

Prologuep. 11
How Wondrous are Thy Worksp. 16
Mazikp. 35
Meshuggenehp. 50
A Wimp in a World of Jocksp. 66
Big Spielp. 94
Hell on Earthp. 112
A Hell of a Big Breakp. 135
This Tremendous Meatgrinderp. 167
The Steven Spielberg Businessp. 199
A Primal Scream Moviep. 226
Watch the Skiesp. 261
Rehabp. 293
Ecstacy and Griefp. 323
Adult Truthsp. 359
An Awfully Big Adventurep. 379
Menschp. 414
Mogul and Directorp. 449
Mainstream Independentp. 469
Light in the Darknessp. 487
400-Pound Gorillap. 505
Acknowledgmentsp. 533
Notes on Sourcesp. 539
Chapter Notesp. 547
Filmography and Videographyp. 597
Indexp. 608

Book description

Until the first edition of Steven Spielberg: A Biography was published in 1997, much about Spielberg's personality and the forces that shaped it had remained enigmatic, in large part because of his tendency to obscure and mythologize his own past. But in this first full-scale, in-depth biography of Spielberg, Joseph McBride reveals hidden dimensions of the filmmaker's personality and shows how deeply personal even his most commercial work has been.

This new edition adds four chapters to Spielberg's life story, chronicling his extraordinarily active and creative period from 1997 to the present, a period in which he has balanced his executive duties as one of the partners in the film studio DreamWorks SKG with a remarkable string of films as a director. Spielberg's ambitious recent work--including Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, A. I. Artifucial Intelligence, Minority Report, The Terminal and Munich--has continually expanded his range both stylistically and in terms of adventurous, often controversial, subject matter.

Steven Spielberg: A Biography brought about a reevaluation of the great filmmaker's life and work by those who viewed him as merely a facile entertainer. This new edition guides readers through the mature artistry of Spielberg's later period in which he manages, against considerable odds, to run a successful studio while maintaining and enlarging his high artistic standards as one of America's most thoughtful, sophisticated, and popular filmmakers.

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