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Steven Spielberg: A Biography

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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 pe ...more
ebook, Second Edition, 640 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by University Press of Mississippi (first published 1997)
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James Caterino
So much more than a mere biography, this monstrous book is an encyclopedia Spielberg, a gossip column, an intelligent academic study, and so much more.

Full disclosure: I am a lifelong fan of the director and have four of his films in my all-time top 20; “Empire of the Sun”, “A.I.”, “E.T.” and “Close Encounters”. So this is a book made for someone like me. But truly, there is treasure trove of behind the scenes information here. I read everything I could get my hands on Spielberg related growing
I love all the inside info about the making of Jaws, Indy, ET, Color Purple, etc. because I grew up with these movies and they are imprinted on me so strongly. (It was odd reading about all the bad reviews these movies got from serious critics when they came out because I was a kid at the time and assumed everyone loved them.) But I couldn't take all the psychoanalytic tone of a lot of the writing and skipped over a lot of the stuff about his adolescence. Still, it's such an American success sto ...more
Jack Gattanella
Didn't finish this either, but I want to. I intend to go back to it actually, maybe rent it from the library this time.
Susan Dorris
Very well researched. Almost too much. Do we need to know when, exactly, Max Spielberg was conceived?
An incredibly detailed and insightful biography - essential for any Spielberg fan.
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