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 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 3:33 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

This would be a great place to list those other "topical issues," Thor, or you could create a new thread for this topic. (Hey Henry, you must be enjoying all of this.)

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 5:27 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

This would be a great place to list those other "topical issues," Thor, or you could create a new thread for this topic. (Hey Henry, you must be enjoying all of this.)

Hi joan! You bet I'm enjoying this. I don't agree with everything here, but it's a good read.smile

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 5:40 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

Has anyone else here heard that Spielberg had some input on the Obi-wan Anakin fight in REVENGE OF THE SITH? Pretty cool!

 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 7:10 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

Has anyone else here heard that Spielberg had some input on the Obi-wan Anakin fight in REVENGE OF THE SITH? Pretty cool!

Yes, I think they show a little of that in one of the DVD featurettes.

I heard Tom "Empire of the Sun" Stoppard helped with some of the script on III. Which begs the question, silly though it may be at this point, oh . . . it's just spilled milk, so I won't.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 12:28 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

This would be a great place to list those other "topical issues," Thor, or you could create a new thread for this topic. (Hey Henry, you must be enjoying all of this.)

I think we may have been discussing them in one of the previous Spielberg threads, but I can't remember anymore.

Anyways, these are some recurrent 'auteur' aspects that most of you are probably already aware of. Most of them refer back to various experiences in his own childhood and formative years:

* Flight (Spielberg was constantly inspired by his father's stories from his years as a pilot in the war, and uses that aspect in many of his films)

* Escape from mundane reality

* The rise of the everyday hero in non-everyday situations

* Positive outlook in negative surroundings

* The world as seen through the eyes of children (aka the Wordsworth concept "Child is the Father of Man", the untainted world view of innocence)

* "Believing is seeing" (when a person believes in something, it finally appears -- whether it's Elliot's mother in E.T., Dorinda seeing Pete in ALWAYS or Indiana Jones as he crosses the invisible bridge in LAST CRUSADE, the "red girl" in SCHINDLER'S LIST etc.)

* Deceptive father figure, strong mother figure, at times also dysfunctional families in general

* The fear is stronger for what you do NOT see, basically a trait he picked up from Hitchcock, one of his big inspirations

* Tricking the audience (relates to the above a bit, but it has to do with presenting something that might be construed as unreal, only to reveal its very real origins)

* Light can be used to OBSCURE, not just reveal (the 'streaming lights' in the video above is an aspect of this). It's a celebration of film as a medium based on light.

* Non-verbal communication or LACK of communication altogether

* "The Spielberg Face" (camera drives towards an awestruck face, gazing at something beyond)

These are just some of the thematic and stylistic traits I can remember now. There are a few more, but it's too early in the morning for me. smile





 
 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 8:56 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Thanks, Thor. Appreciate the time you took to post those traits. I can actually pinpoint certain movies that deal with those traits.

I might add one more. He is Jewish, and I remember an interview where he said he wanted to examine his Jewish heritage. (I don't know if he is religious or not or just wanted to look at the Jewish culture.) Hence, he directed Schindler's List and Munich. I think both of those movies are very personal for him.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 9:18 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

I think Speilberg would have made an excellent Star Wars movie, probably better than JJ.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 10:04 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Thanks, Thor. Appreciate the time you took to post those traits. I can actually pinpoint certain movies that deal with those traits.

I might add one more. He is Jewish, and I remember an interview where he said he wanted to examine his Jewish heritage. (I don't know if he is religious or not or just wanted to look at the Jewish culture.) Hence, he directed Schindler's List and Munich. I think both of those movies are very personal for him.


Absolutely. But he's also said he had to wait a long time before he dealt with those issues. SCHINDLER'S LIST, for example, had to linger in his mind for many, many years before he dared to approach it. I think he bought the rights to the Thomas Keneally book in the early 80's or something, if memory serves, just after it was published.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 12:30 PM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

I think Speilberg would have made an excellent Star Wars movie, probably better than JJ.

I think so, too. Reportedly he's long wanted to, too. I really wish Disney / Lucasfilm had picked him over J. J. for the new one(s).

That said, my biggest beefs with J. J.'s Star Treks were almost entirely with the stories / scripts, rather than the direction (much-maligned lens flares notwithstanding); with the different writers doing these, I'm cautiously optimistic.

 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 5:50 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

I think he bought the rights to the Thomas Keneally book in the early 80's or something, if memory serves, just after it was published.


Do you remember anything about two films being set up at Universal, that Scorsese was going to do "Schindler," and Spielberg was going to remake "Cape Fear," and last minute they traded projects? Do I have some other anecdote mixed in here?

 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 8:27 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Always loved Spielberg since I very first got into movies...no other working director has the power to bring out the sense of awe and wonder that Spielberg does...and that includes his serious dramas as well asd the popcorn fare...ET - The Extra Terrestrial remains my favourite film of all time, and one of only two films that are guaranteed to make be bawl like a kid...

So glad that his films are treated with reverance with (almost) every release...the advent of Blu-Ray has helped me discover that child-like sense of wonder all over again - particularly with ET and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Jaws remains probably the greatest horror film ever made. Munich was robbed at the Oscars (and Williams' score was criminally overlooked)...1941 is just a blast...Temple of Doom is such a close second to the near-perfect Raiders of the Lost Ark that sometimes I just can't decide which I like more...and, despite it's faults, Crystal Skull is still a great ride for me....Minority Report is another favourite, and War of the Worlds I find tremendously underrated (though - to add balance - I will also say that I find War Horse to be tremendously overrated)....

....aaaaand I could go on for hours...

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 10:55 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

"Catch Me If You Can" was pretty good.

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2013 - 1:18 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

I think he bought the rights to the Thomas Keneally book in the early 80's or something, if memory serves, just after it was published.


Do you remember anything about two films being set up at Universal, that Scorsese was going to do "Schindler," and Spielberg was going to remake "Cape Fear," and last minute they traded projects? Do I have some other anecdote mixed in here?


No, you're totally correct about that.

Spielberg also developed the Rain Man screenplay before handing the reins to Barry Levinson. He was also originally due to direct Meet The Parents.

 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2013 - 7:36 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Is Pirate Latitudes still in development?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2013 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Is Pirate Latitudes still in development?

My goodness but that book was big pants! I hope a film improves upon it.

 
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