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University Press of Mississippi
STEVEN SPIELBERG: INTERVIEWS
Edited by Lester D. Friedman and Brent Notbohm
University Press of Mississippi
$45.00, hardback, ISBN 1-57806-112-1
$18.00, paperback, ISBN 1-57806-113-XBook News for Immediate Release
Despite enormous success filmmaker Steven Spielberg admits anxieties
Ten of the thirty highest grossing films of all time have either been
directed or produced by one Hollywood filmmaker: Steven Spielberg.
But despite enormous success, Spielberg still has anxieties, as Lester
D. Friedman and Brent Notbohm show in their new book Steven Spielberg:
Interviews (University Press of Mississippi).
In their introduction Friedman and Notbohm point out that box office
revenue and cheering fans proved an instant fix of approval, "for a kid
who always felt like a geeky outsider, for a boy always alienated from
his peers by physical limitations and Jewish culture."
In interviews Spielberg admits being haunted by the possibility of
failure. "The thing that I'm just scared to death of is that someday I'm
going to wake up and bore somebody with a film."
He has become a brand name and a force that extends far beyond the movie
screen, Friedman and Notbohm write. Phrases like "phone home" and the
music score from Jaws are now part of our cultural script, appearing in
commercials, comedy routines, and common conversation.
Yet few scholars have devoted time to studying Spielberg's vast output
of popular films despite the director's financial and aesthetic
achievements. Spanning twenty-five years of Spielberg's career, STEVEN
SPIELBERG: INTERVIEWS explores the issues, the themes, and the financial
considerations surrounding his work.
"I'm not really interested in making money," he says. "That's always
come as the result of success, but it's not been my goal, and I've had a
tough time proving that to people."
Ranging from Spielberg's twenties to his mid-fifties, the interviews
chart his evolution from a brash young filmmaker trying to make his way
in Hollywood, to his spectacular block-buster triumphs, to his
maturation as a director seeking to inspire the imagination with
The Steven Spielberg who emerges in these talks is a complex mix of
businessman and artist, of arrogance and insecurity, of shallowness and
"Every time I go to a movie, it's magic, no matter what the movie's
about," he says. "Whether you watch eight hours of SHOAH or whether it's
GHOSTBUSTERS, when the lights go down in the theater and the movie fades
in, it's magic."
Lester D. Friedman teaches medical humanities and bioethics at Upstate
Medical University and cinema studies in the College of Visual and
Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Brent Notbohm of Spring Green,
Wisconsin, is a freelance instructor of film production and media
studies. He has written and directed several films and videos
independently, and as a graduate student at Syracuse University's
College of Visual and Performing Arts.
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