Steven Spielberg (USA, b. 1946) was the boy wonder of the new Hollywood
of the 1970s. Taking Orson Welles as his model, he made Duel aged
only 25, following it up with a string of successes that brought him
the adulation of the studios.
As a fan of special effects, and entirely
attuned to the shift towards younger film audiences, he took
entertainment to new heights with films such as Jaws (1975), Close
Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), ET (1982) and Jurassic
Park (1993). His more recent incursions into science fiction (AI,
2001; Minority Report, 2002; War of the Worlds, 2005)
and historical films (Schindler's List, 1993; Saving Private
Ryan, 1998; Munich, 2005) have brought him international
critical recognition. He is also involved in production through
his studio Dreamworks and is undoubtedly one of the most
influential figures in contemporary film.
About The Author
Clelia Cohen is a scriptwriter and journalist. She was a film critic for Cahiers du cinema (1997-2004) and published Le Western in 2005.
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