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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and enlightening
As a huge fan of Spielberg's work, I wanted to find out as much as possible about the great man's life behind the camera. This book has all the information needed to quench my thirst for the Spielberg info I required! It is a large book exhausively researched, jam-packed with as much information as the author could lay his hands on. Overall, an entertaining read for fans...
Published on 30 Jun 2003 by Mr. Michael C. Smith

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2.0 out of 5 stars An in depth biography, but lacks bite in film analysis
Steven Spielberg's films have dominated the past 25 years of cinema, and have set the tone for the impersonal, large scale, special effects laiden offerings which fill the multiplexes. So it may come as a surprise when it is argued that these films are deeply personal, but that is what Joseph Mcbride does in this book.
The book is well researched, and goes into...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and enlightening, 30 Jun 2003
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Mr. Michael C. Smith (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Steven Spielberg: A Biography (Paperback)
As a huge fan of Spielberg's work, I wanted to find out as much as possible about the great man's life behind the camera. This book has all the information needed to quench my thirst for the Spielberg info I required! It is a large book exhausively researched, jam-packed with as much information as the author could lay his hands on. Overall, an entertaining read for fans - probably the best Spielberg biography available. Much reccommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So far, the definitive account of Steven Spielberg's life, 1 May 2008
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Ewan (Aberdeen, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I've now read about five or six biographies of Steven Spielberg and all vary in depth and quality. However Joseph McBride book can only be described as THE most in-depth account of Spielberg's fascinating life. You simply won't read a more well-researched account of Spielberg's life unless the great man writes his autobiography. Don't be put off by the fact that Spielberg didn't co-operate with this book, virtually everyone else did including, most surprisingly, his father. A terrific read from start to finish.
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2.0 out of 5 stars An in depth biography, but lacks bite in film analysis, 14 Jun 2002
This review is from: Steven Spielberg: A Biography (Paperback)
Steven Spielberg's films have dominated the past 25 years of cinema, and have set the tone for the impersonal, large scale, special effects laiden offerings which fill the multiplexes. So it may come as a surprise when it is argued that these films are deeply personal, but that is what Joseph Mcbride does in this book.
The book is well researched, and goes into extreme detail about Spielberg's childhood. It is well balanced and it is not afraid to criticise (the section detailing the helicoptor accident on the set of the Twilight Zone film is very informative).
Yet the book falls down when relating these biographical details to the content of Spielberg's films. To suggest that Spielberg's films (especially those that he did not write or direct) all stem from his childhood is unconvincing and does nothing to explain why those films have been so popular and have had such an impact on Hollywood.
If you are looking for accurate information about Spielberg's life (especially his childhood) look no further. However, if you want to understand Spielberg's films better or find out how they were made, avoid this book.
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