Friday, 9 July 2010

Spielberg’s list.

I was pondering and discussing who the greatest Director was. I choose ‘greatest’ deliberately. Coppola. Hitchcock, Kubrick, Truffat, Welles, Lean all these sorts of names invariably come up in discussion of who’s the best director, but who’s the greatest?

“Greatness is a concept of a state of superiority affecting a person, object or place. The concept carries the implication that the particular person or object, when compared to others of a similar type, has clear and perceivable advantage. As a descriptive term it is most often applied to a person or their work, and may be qualified or unqualified. Application of the terms "great" and "greatness" is dependent on the perspective and subjective judgments of those who apply them-wikipedia.”

Given that assessment I think it very well may be Steven Spielberg

I suppose he is best known for action and Sci Fi; Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Raiders of the Lost Ark and 1941

Minority Report, Artificial Intelligence: AI, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and War of the Worlds

But he’s dabbled in fantasy; Hook and Always

However, what is often surprising is the quality of his so called ‘Serious’ Movies: The Color Purple, Munich, Amistad The Terminal, Catch Me If You Can, Saving Private Ryan, Empire of the sun, Jaws, The Sugarland Express, Duel and of course Schindler’s List.

He has also Produced for directors such as Eastwood, Scorsese, Kurosawa, Zemeckis, Sonnenfeld, Dante and Craven; Letters from Iwo Jima, Flags of Our Fathers, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Lovely Bones, Shrek, Men in Black, Cape Fear, A Brief History of Time, Band of Brothers, Arachnophobia, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, Joe Versus the Volcano, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future trilogy, The Goonies, Gremlins, Twilight Zone: The Movie and Poltergeist.

He’s currently working on future projects as diverse as Tintin, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, Jackie Kennedy, George Gershwin and 9/11.

As a director his name can sell a film to the masses; a concept that only really applies to the independent film goer these days, but years ago the masses would go to the cinema on the basis that it was a Hitchcock or a Capra.

Spielberg. The Greatest?

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