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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2001
Whether a Spielberg buff, ot merely a fan of his many films, 'The Complete Spielberg' is sure to please any one who turns the first page. Inside is not only an extremely interesting blow by blow account of Spielberg's rise to the top, but also all of his work covered in every little detail.
From his uncredited production work (did you know that Spielberg was an un-credited producer of 'Chicken Run' and 'What Lies Beneath' amongst others?), to his television work and ultimately his feature films, this book details the birth of Spielber'g work, the production of some of the world's greatest movies, and how each film was finally received.
Full of trivia and more information than you would care for, this book is ideal for those who know Spielberg inside out, but also for this who are new to his work.
If you want to learn more about the golden boy of Hollywood, and the man who made some of the world's best celluloid treats, then you can't go wrong with Freer's guide. It is an easy, enjoyable read that you will return to time and time again. I guarantee that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2010
Got this as a gift from my wife (she knows am nuts about Spielberg films). I love this book and cant get enough of it. Its not at all biographical as I first assumed (not a big fan of biographies really), its more of a look at his films, the influences, how they were made and the raw facts about them. I think it helps you appreciate Spielberg as a film maker and one begins to see why he made certain choices in his drecting. I think it also dimistifies some of the mystries of filmmaking as we see some fantastic ideas were sometimes mistakes or things that did not quite go as planned.

In all I think its a fantastic well written book. Another good thing about it is you dont have to go throguh it in one go as it is broken down into his films in chronological order. I found it more relaxing to pick out my favourite films films (like 'the colour purple', 'saving private ryan', Empire of the sun' and my all time favourite 'Sciendler's List'.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2001
Ian Freer has created an amazingly insightful look at the 21st centurys most important director. Covering all of his films and tv projects, no stone is left unturned. Each film is broken down and covers backstory, production, casting and behind the scenes information. Truely an indispensible guide to Stephen Spielburg that no film fan should be without.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2006
... the movie only gives an account of his work up to Saving Private Ryan (1998). Meaning there's nothing about Minority Report, A.I., Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, War of the Worlds or Munich (the version I was sent anyway - I don't know if there's a newerversion). Excellent and through book however, though.
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on 28 September 2014
Brilliant thank you!
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