Steven Spielberg

‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’: Steven Spielberg’s Gamble That Paid Off Generously

  By Sven Mikulec Upon making Jaws, the first true blockbuster and a shocking money-maker, Steven Spielberg was under enormous…

6 months ago

‘Minority Report’: Steven Spielberg’s Proof that You Don’t Need to Sacrifice Substance to Produce Spectacle

Photographed by Sean M. Casey, David James © Twentieth Century Fox, DreamWorks   By Sven Mikulec The beginning of Minority…

3 years ago

‘Jaws’: The Groundbreaking Summer Blockbuster that Changed Hollywood, and Our Summer Vacations, Forever

  By Sven Mikulec It seems unbelievable, but it's been 42 years since Steven Spielberg's Jaws premiered in cinemas across…

4 years ago

‘Back to the Future’: Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale’s Timeless and Endlessly Fun Hybrid of Genres

  By Sven Mikulec When it came out in the summer of 1985, Back to the Future was a huge…

4 years ago

‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’: Lucas and Spielberg’s Epitome of Action-Adventure Films Still Waiting to Be Surpassed

  By Sven Mikulec Trying to catch a break from all the Star Wars hype, in the spring of 1977…

4 years ago

‘American Cinema’ explores film history and American culture through the eyes of over 150 Hollywood insiders

Using clips from more than 300 of the greatest movies ever made, this series explores film history and American culture…

5 years ago

Spielberg’s brilliant feature debut is a textbook example of what an ambitious and talented young director can do with modest resources

  By Sven Mikulec The 1971 road thriller Duel had a vital role in Steven Spielberg's professional growth, leading to…

6 years ago

‘Empire of the Sun’ is Spielberg at his best

I've earned the right to fail commercially, Steven Spielberg supposedly said after Empire of the Sun’s box office harvest failed…

6 years ago

A holy grail of Indiana Jones artifacts

Upon the first story meeting with Steven Spielberg and Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas hand wrote this treatment for Raiders of…

7 years ago