His name is attached to some of the biggest, most influential American movies of the last 50 years: Jaws, E.T. The Extraterrestrial, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, and Schindler’s List, just to name a few. Now, Steven Spielberg’s name is attached to a biographical documentary airing Sunday night, Spielberg. It’s a fascinating look at one of Hollywood’s most iconic directors, from his youth up until today. Shot by director Susan Lucy, the film shows Spielberg letting his guard down and telling some amazing stories about his life and career.
I’ve had the privilege of speaking with Spielberg several times over the years, and one of our favorite conversations came when I asked him to tell the unusual — and unbelievable — story of how he managed to get a job on the Universal Studios lot. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steven Spielberg)
If you ever get to visit Spielberg’s office at Universal, you’re in for a treat. It’s filled with mementos from his films; for a movie lover, it’s heaven on Earth. Of course, you’ll find items from ET, but you won’t find the one thing Spielberg treasures most about that movie, because that’s something Spielberg carries in his heart. (Click on the media bar below to hear Steven Spielberg)
Over the course of his career, Spielberg’s won plenty of acclaim — and three Academy Awards. And while he certainly wouldn’t mind winning another, he’s good with what he’s already got.
If you are a fan of Spielberg and his movies — or if you’re just a movie fan in general — you won’t want to miss Spielberg, airing Saturday night on HBO.