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Steven Spielberg: A Biography

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  130 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
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
Susan Stack
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well researched. Almost too much. Do we need to know when, exactly, Max Spielberg was conceived?
Ryan Jones
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
easy read, and pretty interesting on how he got so famous in the early days of film making.
Aug 29, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed hearing about Spielberg's childhood as he learned his craft, but the author goes way out of his way in the book to give his own opinion of Spielberg movies. Of course some of my favorites are ones the author hates because they are just "popcorn" movies and not "intellectual" enough. Like many (but not all) university professors, he wanders way out into the weeds to talk about his own agenda. I really wouldn't call this a pure biography, but an opinion piece that includes some bi ...more
Andreas Jungherr
Very good biography. Especially strong with regards to Spielberg's early days. The critical but balanced discussion of his later films let me to reassess quite a few of my former lazily harsh initial reactions to them.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is very long book but everything you need to know about Steven Spielberg and then some. But I really enjoyed the sections on the movies he made.
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.
Eric Gilliland
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent biography of Spielberg. It's especially strong on his formative years. The newer edition goes up to 2010, but mostly consists of film criticism.
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