Steven Spielberg
Interviews, Revised and Updated

Edited by Brent Notbohm
and Lester D. Friedman

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches

9781496824011 Printed casebinding $99.00S

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"I've tried to make every single movie as if it was made by a different director, because I'm very conscious of not wanting to impose a consistent style on subject matter that is not necessarily suited to that style. So I try to re-invent my own eye every time I tackle a new subject."

More than four decades after the premiere of his first film, Steven Spielberg (b. 1946) continues to be a household name whose influence on popular culture extends far beyond the movie screen. Now in his seventies, Spielberg shows no intention of retiring from directing or even slowing down. His new movies consistently reinvigorate entrenched genres, adding density and depth. Many of the defining characters, motifs, tropes, and themes that emerge in Spielberg's earliest movies shape these later works as well, but often in new configurations that probe deeper into more complicated subjects--dangerous technology rather than man-eating sharks, homicidal rather than cuddly aliens, lethal terrorism instead of rampaging dinosaurs. Spielberg's movies continue to display a remarkably sophisticated level of artistry that matches, and sometimes exceeds, the memorable visual hallmarks of his prior work. His latest series of films continue to demonstrate an ongoing intellectual restlessness and a willingness to challenge himself as a creative artist.

With this new collection of interviews, which includes eleven original interviews from the 2000 edition and nine new interviews, readers will recognize the themes that motivate Spielberg, the cinematic techniques he employs to create his feature films, and the emotional connection he has to his movies. The result is a nuanced and engaging portrait of the most popular director in American cinema history.

BRENT NOTBOHM is professor of film and video and chair of the Communicating Arts Department at University of Wisconsin-Superior. He is also an award-winning independent filmmaker who has directed over thirty films and videos, including the feature film Madison, which won the Jury Prize at the 2008 Wisconsin Film Festival. LESTER D. FRIEDMAN is professor emeritus and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is author, coauthor, and editor of over twenty books and numerous articles, including the first scholarly study of Spielberg's films, Citizen Spielberg.

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches