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‘Speilberg’ to debut October 7th on HBO

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Written by: Taylor Salan
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Speilberg‘, an intimate portrait of the iconic film director Steven Spielberg, is set to be released on October 7th. The documentary, which is set to premiere on all HBO platforms, will examine the director’s filmography in depth like never before. I’m a massive fan of documentaries – especially ones that examine filmmakers – so this should be a treat for cinephiles such as myself.

Directed and produced by documentarian Susan Lacy, this film covers the 50 year career of the director. ‘Spielberg‘ also includes insights from members of Spielberg’s family, as well as friends and colleagues, plus clips and behind-the-scenes footage from many of his milestone films. Some of his filmography that is included in the doc: ‘Jaws,’ ‘Raiders of the Lost Arc,’ ‘ET: The Extra-Terrestrial,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Schindler’s List,’ ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ ‘Bridge of Spies’ and many more.

Steven Spielberg has built an unrivaled catalogue of groundbreaking films over the course of his nearly 50-year career. Charting the evolution of this iconic figure, Lacy draws on nearly 30 hours of exclusive interviews with the director, who opens up about his bittersweet childhood and lifelong obsession with moviemaking, his precocious early work as a TV “wunderkind,” his rise to fame through an incredible string of blockbusters, his later forays into more serious dramatic films, and the personal and professional relationships he’s cultivated through the years.

Lacy interviewed more than 80 subjects for the film, ranging from A-list celebrities, to directors and producers, to industry insiders, including J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes, Harrison Ford, David Geffen, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Holly Hunter, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ben Kingsley, Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas, Liam Neeson, Martin Scorsese, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Zemeckis.

The result is described as:

“A remarkably intimate portrait that combines Spielberg’s compelling first-person narrative with an in-depth exploration of the creative process and craftsmanship that have set him apart, highlighting themes such as separation, reconciliation, patriotism, humanity and wonder, which recur throughout his work.

But the true question is whether the the film will be able to cover the legendary filmmaker’s career in depth without sacrificing a reasonable runtime. In the meantime, here’s the official synopsis for ‘Spielberg‘:

            One of the most famous filmmakers in the world, Steven Spielberg pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career more than ever before in the exclusive HBO presentation SPIELBERG. The feature-length documentary examines Spielberg’s filmography in depth, revealing how his experiences fed his work and changed it over time. Directed and produced by award-winning documentarian Susan Lacy, this unprecedented chronicle debuts exclusively on HBO.

‘Spielberg’ Debuts October 7th , 2017.



About the Author

Taylor Salan
Taylor Salan
Taylor Salan is a independent filmmaker who currently resides in the San Fernando Valley. Since childhood, Taylor Salan had a fascination with movies. Although he was an avid fan of film as a child, it wasn’t until his years as a young adult that his passion for the art of filmmaking truly came to fruition. A current student of the film production program at California State University Northridge, Taylor studies Cinematography but ultimately has plans to direct full time if afforded the opportunity. In his spare time, Taylor produces audio podcasts and blogs about film for ageofthenerd.com. He is also a longtime musician, playing drums for over 8 years.



 
 

 
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