. spielberg, who was born in 1946, had a childhood marked by a series of disorienting moves that took the family from ohio to new jersey to arizona and finally to california. ''steven spielberg: a biography,'' by joseph mcbride, and ''steven spielberg: the unauthorized biography,'' by john baxter, are both detailed and thorough, but they are inevitably remote from their subject. his many books include searching for john ford, frank capra: the catastrophe of success, steven spielberg: a biography, hawks on hawks, whatever happened to orson welles? third edition brings spielberg's career up to date with material on two recent films he directed, the adventures of tintin and war horse, analyzing what they represent in terms of spielberg's overall career development as an artist making both lighter and darker works alternately involving fantasy or history.
reading steven spielberg: a biography (third edition) on your kindle in under a minute. born in italy and raised in los angeles from the age of five, his rags-to-riches story has led film historians such as ian freer to consider him the "american dream personified. in his astute and perceptive biography, joseph mcbride reconciled spielberg's seeming contradictions and produced a coherent portrait of the man who found a way to transmute the anxieties of his own childhood into some of the most emotionally powerful and viscerally exciting films ever made. he vividly portrays the private spielberg until his first major successes, but then loses him behind the avalanche of his work.
spielberg truly is an ozlike figure, and to attempt an authentic biography of him while his career is still unfurling is to confront a velvet-draped steel curtain: no one will speak terribly ill of him out of sheer desire to survive. the book is a little heavy going as we deal with spielberg's early life and conflict in his family, but it gains pace as the great director finds his feet in hollywood. spielberg's power has waned, once his lovers and co-workers and enemies and friends no longer need tiptoe around him or depend on him for work, we may finally get a complete look at the man whose dreams and fears and passions have so fluently blended with our own. the girl who walked home alone: bette davis, a personal biography.
spielberg is responsible for some of the most successful films ever made: jaws, close encounters of the third kind, e. film historian ian freer notes that at the time of his death in 1991, his legacy remained intact:He had created feelgood entertainments before the phrase was invented, and his influence on culture – from steven spielberg to david lynch, and from television soap operas to greeting-card sentiments – is simply too huge to calculate. family settled in los angeles's east side (today chinatown) which capra described in his autobiography as an italian "ghetto". spielberg was most commonly thought of as a fiendishly skilled imp with no experience of the world outside of a movie house -- a blend of his father, arnold, a gifted electronic engineer with several patents to his credit, and his mother, leah, a pianist and artistic free spirit.
spielberg in a dark light, but he's less exacting than mr. for spielberg, the film was the culmination of a long struggle with his jewish identity - an identity of which he had long been ashamed, but now triumphantly embraced. spielberg's record as a producer of frequently awful films and television series. it is wonderful to read about the background to spielberg's movies which have become so much a part of our movie watching lives.