Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, Jan 4, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 640 pages
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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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STEVEN SPIELBERG: A Biography

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A penetrating, incisive biography of the young but already legendary filmmaker. Perhaps nothing reveals the importance of Spielberg (Schindler's List, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, etc.) at this ... Read full review

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David Hilder reads McBride's unauthorized biography of one of the world's primary director/producers (LJ 4/15/97), and he performs competently, using a level tone for every character and keeping the ... Read full review

Contents

CECIL B DESPIELBERG
11
1 HOW WONDROUS ARE THY WORKS
16
2 MAZIK
35
3 MESHUGGENEH
50
4 A WIMP IN A WORLD OF JOCKS
66
5 BIG SPIEL
94
6 HELL ON EARTH
112
7 A HELL OF A BIG BREAK
135
14 ADULT TRUTHS
359
15 AN AWFULLY BIG ADVENTURE
379
16 MENSCH
414
17 MOGUL AND DIRECTOR
449
18 MAINSTREAM INDEPENDENT
469
19 LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS
487
20 400POUND GORILLA
505
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
533

8 THIS TREMENDOUS MEATGRINDER
167
9 THE STEVEN SPIELBERG BUSINESS
199
10 A PRIMAL SCREA MOVIE
226
11 WATCH THE SKIES
261
12 REHAB
293
13 ECSTACY AND GRIEF
323
NOTES ON SOURCES
539
CHAPTER NOTES
547
FlLMOGRAPHY AND VlDEOGRAPHY
597
INDEX
608
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About the author (2011)

Joseph McBride, Berkeley, California, is a film historian and associate professor in the cinema department at San Francisco State University. His many books include Searching for John Ford, Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success; Hawks on Hawks; and What Ever Happened to Orson Welles? A Portrait of an Independent Career.

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