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Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg

Birthday: 18 December 1946, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Birth Name: Steven Allan Spielberg
Height: 171 cm

Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. S ...Show More

Steven Spielberg
I've learned that we can do just about anything under the sun with computers. So the question become Show more I've learned that we can do just about anything under the sun with computers. So the question becomes, should we? Or, should we remind ourselves, as filmmakers, to be careful and remember that there is nothing more important than how a story is told? If storytelling becomes a byproduct of the digital revolution, then the medium itself is corrupted. On the other hand, if digital tools are simply a way to enhance a conventional story, then in that case, they can make telling that story easier. It's easier and more practical to show 20,000 soldiers in the Crimean War using computers, obviously. So, that's fine. But now, we have technology that can replace actors, or an entire performance in an already existing movie. We could cut out Humphrey Bogart and replace him with Vin Diesel, if somebody wanted. Who would want to? Well, there might be people who would. That's why we have to be careful. Movies reflect our cultural heritage from the period in time in which they were made. Therefore, altering them can destroy that historical perspective. That's disrespectful of history, which is a big issue for me. The situation is like walking a tightrope - we have to move forward, but we have to be careful. Hide
Before I go off and direct a movie I always look at 4 films. They tend to be: Shichinin no samurai ( Show more Before I go off and direct a movie I always look at 4 films. They tend to be: Shichinin no samurai (1954), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and The Searchers (1956). Hide
[on friend Joan Crawford]: She is five feet four, but she looks six feet on the screen. In a two-sho Show more [on friend Joan Crawford]: She is five feet four, but she looks six feet on the screen. In a two-shot with anyone, even Gable, (Clark Gable), your eyes fix on her. She is imperious, yet with a childlike sparkle. She is haughty, yet tender. She has no great range as an actress, yet within the range she can perform better than any of her contemporaries. Hide
With Star Wars (1977), George (George Lucas) put the butter back into the popcorn. With Star Wars (1977), George (George Lucas) put the butter back into the popcorn.
All those horrible, traumatic years I spent as a kid became what I draw from creatively today. All those horrible, traumatic years I spent as a kid became what I draw from creatively today.
Godzilla (Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)) was the most masterful of all dinosaur movies beca Show more Godzilla (Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)) was the most masterful of all dinosaur movies because it made you believe it was really happening. Hide
As long as there's been Transformers, I've been one of the biggest fans. And I always thought that s Show more As long as there's been Transformers, I've been one of the biggest fans. And I always thought that somewhere in this genius concept, there was a movie. Hide
Once a month the sky falls on my head, I come to and I see another movie I want to make. Once a month the sky falls on my head, I come to and I see another movie I want to make.
I have made almost as many films in England as I have in America. I will come back to England again Show more I have made almost as many films in England as I have in America. I will come back to England again and again. Hide
At E3 games convention about partnership with EA: I am a gamer myself, and I really wanted to create Show more At E3 games convention about partnership with EA: I am a gamer myself, and I really wanted to create a video game that I could play with my kids. Hide
Poltergeist (1982) is the darker side of my nature, it's me when I was scaring my younger sisters ha Show more Poltergeist (1982) is the darker side of my nature, it's me when I was scaring my younger sisters half to death. In Poltergeist, I wanted to terrify and I also wanted to amuse - I tried to mix the laughs and screams together. Hide
What I'm saying is that I believe in showmanship. What I'm saying is that I believe in showmanship.
I'd rather direct than produce. Any day. And twice on Sunday. I'd rather direct than produce. Any day. And twice on Sunday.
The person I enjoy working for more than anyone else is George Lucas. He's the best boss I ever had Show more The person I enjoy working for more than anyone else is George Lucas. He's the best boss I ever had because he's the most talented boss I ever had. Hide
I had dinner with the founder of Yahoo! about seven years ago in Japan. I had my son, who is now six Show more I had dinner with the founder of Yahoo! about seven years ago in Japan. I had my son, who is now sixteen, he was much younger then. I took him to a tea house. We had Geishas, they were serving us tea and I had a little soki and we were talking. And he kept sitting across from me and he kept saying "Yahoo! You have to know what Yahoo!"... and he was going crazy over this thing called Yahoo! And I thought he was actually out of his brain. You know, because he kept talking about Yahoo! and I thought he was trying to say "Yahoo!" And he was, but I had no idea what he was building. And he was so thrilled with what was happening in his world. And this was way beyond my world at that time. And how I look back. I thought: God if I could have been a little bit nicer to that guy, he might have called me up and offered me a chance to invest early. (2002). Hide
I'll probably never win an Oscar, but I'll sure have a lot of fun! I really believe that movies are Show more I'll probably never win an Oscar, but I'll sure have a lot of fun! I really believe that movies are the great escape! Hide
I'm as guilty as anyone, because I helped to herald the digital era with Jurassic Park (1993). But t Show more I'm as guilty as anyone, because I helped to herald the digital era with Jurassic Park (1993). But the danger is that it can be abused to the point where nothing is eye-popping any more. The difference between making Jaws (1975) 31 years ago and War of the Worlds (2005) is that today, anything I can imagine, I can realize on film. Then, when my mechanical shark was being repaired and I had to shoot something, I had to make the water scary. I relied on the audience's imagination, aided by where I put the camera. Today, it would be a digital shark. It would cost a hell of a lot more, but never break down. As a result, I probably would have used it four times as much, which would have made the film four times less scary. Jaws is scary because of what you don't see, not because of what you do. We need to bring the audience back into partnership with storytelling. Hide
Being a movie-maker means you get to live many, many lifetimes. It's the same reason audiences go to Show more Being a movie-maker means you get to live many, many lifetimes. It's the same reason audiences go to movies, I think. When my daughter Sasha (Sasha Spielberg) was 5 years old, we would be watching something on TV and she'd point to a character on screen and say, "Daddy, that's me." Ten minutes later a new character would come on screen and she'd say, "No, Daddy. That's me." Throughout the movie she would pick different people to become. I think that's what we all do. We just don't say it as sweetly. Hide
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I interpret my dreams one way and make a movie out of them and people see my movies and make them pa Show more I interpret my dreams one way and make a movie out of them and people see my movies and make them part of their dreams. Hide
I feel like I've been engaged to the British Empire since 1980 and tonight you have given me the rin Show more I feel like I've been engaged to the British Empire since 1980 and tonight you have given me the ring knighthood. Hide
I think every film I make that puts characters in jeopardy is me purging my own fears, sadly only to Show more I think every film I make that puts characters in jeopardy is me purging my own fears, sadly only to re-engage with them shortly after the release of the picture. I'll never make enough films to purge them all. Hide
[When asked about being conflicted whether to make more artistic films, or more commercial films]: A Show more [When asked about being conflicted whether to make more artistic films, or more commercial films]: All the time, but when you have a story that is very commercial and simple, you have to find the art. You have to take the other elements of the film and make them as good as possible, and doing that will uplift the film. Hide
Times have changed. It's like when the first 747 landed at Los Angeles international airport: everyb Show more Times have changed. It's like when the first 747 landed at Los Angeles international airport: everybody thought flying through the sky was the most greatest marvel they had ever seen - floating through the air, seemingly in slow motion. Today we never even look at 747s. They're a dime a dozen and it's that way with the blockbuster. If there was one blockbuster every three years, it meant a lot more than when you have a blockbuster every three weeks. It's the job of each of these studios to market these movies as the must-see movie of the year, so they go after blockbuster status by creating a grand illusion. Sometimes they've got a real engine behind that grand illusion, meaning the movie is damned good and the audience will say they got their money's worth. Other times, the audience comes on the promise of seeing something they've never ever seen before and it becomes just another sci-fi action yarn and they feel disappointed. Hide
I always like to think of the audience when I am directing. Because I am the audience. I always like to think of the audience when I am directing. Because I am the audience.
Duel (1971) was almost a once-in-a-lifetime story. You don't get stories like that all the time. Duel (1971) was almost a once-in-a-lifetime story. You don't get stories like that all the time.
I think that the Internet is going to effect the most profound change on the entertainment industrie Show more I think that the Internet is going to effect the most profound change on the entertainment industries combined. And we're all gonna be tuning into the most popular Internet show in the world, which will be coming from some place in Des Moines. We're all gonna lose our jobs. We're all gonna be on the Internet trying to find an audience. Hide
[on winning the Best Director Oscar for Saving Private Ryan (1998)]: Am I allowed to say I really wa Show more [on winning the Best Director Oscar for Saving Private Ryan (1998)]: Am I allowed to say I really wanted this? Hide
I would love to see the British film industry get back on its feet again. I would love to see the British film industry get back on its feet again.
If I weren't a director, I would want to be a film composer. If I weren't a director, I would want to be a film composer.
What kept us going was the thought that David Lean, at 54, had done this every day for a year. David Show more What kept us going was the thought that David Lean, at 54, had done this every day for a year. David Lean was our criterion for survival - on filming Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) in Tunisia. Hide
I don't work weekends. Weekends are for my kids. And I have dinner at home every night when I'm not Show more I don't work weekends. Weekends are for my kids. And I have dinner at home every night when I'm not physically directing a movie - I get home by six. I put the kids to bed and tell them stories and take them to school the next morning. I work basically from 9.30 to 5.30 and I'm strict about that. Hide
I dream for a living. I dream for a living.
The older I get, the more I look at movies as a moving miracle. Audiences are harder to please if yo Show more The older I get, the more I look at movies as a moving miracle. Audiences are harder to please if you're just giving them special effects, but they're easy to please if it's a good story. The audience is also the toughest critic - a good story that exists in your world may not be the first choice for an audience. So I just do the best I can. Hide
After a scary movie about the world almost ending, we can walk into the sunlight and say, "Wow, ever Show more After a scary movie about the world almost ending, we can walk into the sunlight and say, "Wow, everything's still here. I'm OK!" We like to tease ourselves. Human beings have a need to get close to the edge and, when filmmakers or writers can take them to the edge, it feels like a dream where you're falling, but you wake up just before you hit the ground. Hide
During an interview with Roger Ebert regarding his film Munich (2005) and the response from Jewish c Show more During an interview with Roger Ebert regarding his film Munich (2005) and the response from Jewish critics that claim it depicts Israeli and Palestinian causes as morally equivalent: Frankly, I think that's a stupid charge. The people who attack the movie based on 'moral equivalence' are some of the same people who say diplomacy itself is an exercise in 'moral equivalence' and that war is the only answer. That the only way to fight terrorism is to dehumanize the terrorists by asking no questions about who they are and where they come from. What I believe is, every act of terrorism requires a strong response, but we must also pay attention to the causes. That's why we have brains and the power to think passionately. Understanding does not require approval. Understanding is not the same as inaction. Understanding is a very muscular act. If I'm endorsing understanding and being attacked for that, then I am almost flattered. Hide
I don't drink coffee. I've never had a cup of coffee in my entire life. That's something you probabl Show more I don't drink coffee. I've never had a cup of coffee in my entire life. That's something you probably don't know about me. I've hated the taste since I was a kid. Hide
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