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A Retrospective

Richard Schickel

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The definitive illustrated retrospective on the Oscar-winning director of some of the most resonant and enduring films of all time


‘Every time I find something new, it’s always about a story. Whenever I find something new to do, I get excited again. I become a kid again. The fountain of youth for me is an idea or a story. I either come up with it myself or I read something that somebody else writes and I say, “Oh my God, I’ve got to tell that story. I’ve got to make that movie.” That’s what keeps me going.’ – Steven Spielberg

For more than four decades, Steven Spielberg has created inspiring, exciting and unforgettable movie magic. Jaws, E.T., the Indiana Jones series, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan and War Horse are some of the highest-grossing, most captivating and enduring films of all time – contemporary classics that remain an indelible part of our lives.

Richard Schickel provides unique insight on every one of Spielberg’s twenty-eight major movies. Featuring many first-person observations drawn from Schickel’s interviews, as well as a personal foreword by the director himself, this is an insider’s perspective on Spielberg’s legendary achievements.

Steven Spielberg’s own story is itself the stuff of dreams. In 1959, he made a mini-movie to earn his Boy Scout photography merit badge. By the time he was a teenager he was charging his friends admission to his home movies and won his first prize at the age of thirteen for a short war film. Soon he took to wandering the lot at Universal Studios, hoping not to get caught, and eventually was taken on there as an intern. The rest, as they say, is history.

Impeccably designed and illustrated with more than 400 superb images, many sourced specially from the Steven Spielberg Archive, this book celebrates more than forty years of Steven Spielberg’s boundless energy and his unwavering commitment to excellence in all areas of his work. It is an essential companion to the art of making movies and an authoritative tribute to a Hollywood icon.

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'A brisk, glossy, insightful film-by-film study containing fresh interview material, an easygoing tone and rare pictures … Terrific stuff'
Empire Magazine

'Lavishly pictorial … handsomely produced'
Daily Telegraph

'Impeccably designed and illustrated with more than 400 superb images'
Sight and Sound

'Excellent … a remarkably candid and smart study … well worth the price. The stills are gorgeous, and Spielberg’s chipping in here and there with comments on his own work are even-handed and honest'

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 29.0 x 25.0 cm

Extent: 280 pp

Publication date: 24 September 2012

ISBN: 9780500516089

Contents List

Foreword by Steven Spielberg • The Beginner • The Director • Duel • The Sugarland Express • Jaws Close Encounters of the Third Kind • 1941 • Raiders of the Lost Ark • E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom • The Color Purple • Empire of the Sun • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade • Always • Hook • Jurassic Park • Schindler’s List • The Lost World: Jurassic Park • Amistad • Saving Private Ryan • A.I.: Artificial Intelligence • Minority Report • Catch Me If You Can • The Terminal • War of the Worlds • Munich • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull • The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn • War Horse • And Now...• The Producer • DreamWorks • Filmography • Picture Credits and Acknowledgments

About the Author

Richard Schickel is a film critic, documentary filmmaker and movie historian, who has written over thirty major books, including Conversations with Scorsese.

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Steven Spielberg

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