Steven Spielberg: The Unauthorised Biography

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Steven Spielberg is one of the most successful film-makers in history. His hits include "Jaws", "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", "ET: The Extra-Terrestrial", "Jurassic Park" and "Schindler's List". This biography charts Spielberg's career from his boyhood 8mm home movies to the epic sweep of "Schindler's List" and beyond. It tells the story of his unhappy adolescence on the fringes of American society to his present unrivalled position of power. It also gives the story of modern Hollywood and of the "Movie Brat" generation of directors - Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, John Milius and Brian de Palma - all of them Spielberg's colleagues, collaborators and friends.

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Steven Spielberg dominates the cinema of the nineties. He is one of the screen's greatest enchanters, with a spellbinding capacity – and a bow-office record – matched by very few. His power now exceeds that of the greatest moguls of Hollywood's golden era, and films like 'Jaws, ET, Close Encounters of the Third Kind' and 'Jurassic Park' have been seen by billions around the world, and have changed forever the way movies are made. How was it that this 'movie brat', from an unhappy and rootless adolescence on the fringes of American society, became one of the most formidable players on the global entertainment scene?.

From 'Duel', which suggested the innate 'film sense' Spielberg would bring to movie-making, to the Oscar-winning 'Schindler's List 'and beyond…

'John Baxter has applied considerable scholarship in his quest to discover what makes Steven Spielberg tick…It is a success story Baxter tells with relish… He has got beneath the skin of his subject for a detailed and eminently readable biography of an enigmatic and complex personality – 'scared of the dark' except when he is in a motion-picture theatre – who intelligent piece of detection work, totally engrossing'.
BRYAN FORBES,' Daily Telegraph'

'Absorbing… Baxter is a shred, witty and very readable writer'.
J.G.BALLARD,' Independent '

'A very valuable book…Baxter's success is beyond question'.
DAVID THOMSON,' Independent on Sunday'

'As polished and perceptive as you'd hope from a writer who has done justice to Fellini and Buñuel…a highly literate survey'.
BOYD TONKIN,' New Statesman & Society'

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John Baxter is a film critic, novelist, biographer and broadcaster, whose books on the cinema include ‘The Hollywood Exiles’, ‘The Cinema of John Ford’, and highly praised biographies of Ken Russell, Fellini, Bunuel, ‘Steven Spielberg’ and ‘Stanley Kubrick’. His biography of ‘Woody Allen’ was published by HarperCollins in November 1998.

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