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December 18, 1946: Steven Spielberg Born

Steven SpielbergOn this day in 1946, Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is arguably the most influential filmmaker of all time.

While he has made numerous classics as a director, he has been a producer on a variety of films ranging from “Poltergeist” to the “Back to the Future” trilogy to the Coen brothers remake of “True Grit.”  While his influence varies with each one, it can still be seen.

A good portion of the films that Spielberg has directed is now quintessential American cinema, but there are a few gems that have been forgotten. Here a few worth revisiting.

  • Duel (1971): This TV movie in which a business commuter (Dennis Weaver) is terrorized by a crazed trucker was the first to show Spielberg’s talent and is as frightening today as it was 40 years ago.
  • The Sugerland Express (1974): His feature film debut is the only time he ever made a lovers-on-the-run picture. It was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984): This entry in the series is best remembered for its darkness and violence. That’s a true shame, considering that it’s second only to “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
  • Always (1989):A Guy Named Joe” is retold about firefighters out west. This film is forgotten, but is funny and heartbreaking all at once.
  • Munich (2005): The story of the Black September aftermath was an Academy Award Best Picture nominee. Considering that Spielberg’s best movie since “Schindler’s List” lost to “Crash,” it’s safe to say that it didn’t get the appreciation it deserved.

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1 comment

  1. Dot

    Happy Birthday Steven Spielberg! He’s given the world a vast amount of entertainment.

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