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'modern directors are briefly and brilliantly profiled in sharp prose and smart pictures in these movie master-classes for film buffs and beginners.'
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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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America's greatest living director from a French point of view 3 Jan. 2013
By Bruce Richard Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Masters of Cinema: Steven Spielberg

By Clelia Cohen
Phaidon Press, $9.95, 103 pages

Steven Spielberg is one of many American directors who get a career overview in this new series of books from Cahiers Du Cinema. The best thing about this volume is its comprehensiveness; from Spielberg's earliest films to the last Indiana Jones adventure.

The second best thing about this collection is the great photos. Not so great are the many, repeated, myths and outright mistakes concerning his career. Once again the statement that Jaws "invented" the summer blockbuster; Hook was a box-office bomb (it was the number 4 grossing film of 1994); E.T. as the first film to use product placement, etc. This laziness in researching is very frustrating. Less frustrating, but disappointing is the critical analysis. Mediocre films like Minority Report are way over-praised as are the ambitious but flawed efforts of A.I. and Empire of the Sun. The brilliant Schindler's List comes in for surprising criticism!

Spielberg is not only the most commercially successful director ever, but one of the great artists of our times. This book tries to do him justice, but falls a bit short of its objective.

[originally appeared in the San Francisco Book Review]
Nice concise overview of the director's career. 23 April 2013
By J. D. Heise - Published on Amazon.com
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I am researching films of the late 70's/early 80's and wanted more info on "1941," Spielberg's comic disaster from 1979. This book did not have very much on that film but for a pretty good overview of his career with a spotlight on the more well known films, this is a good start.
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