Steven Spielberg: The Unauthorised Biography

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HarperCollins, 1996 - 457 pages
John Baxter, Hollywood chronicler and film biographer, charts Spielberg's development from his teenage 8mm home movies to his current unchallenged stature. He has extensively interviewed many of those who have worked with and for Spielberg, from his early days in television, where his film Duel suggested the innate 'film sense' he would bring to movie-making, to the Oscar-winning Schindler's List and beyond. Yet despite his spectacular, indeed almost unprecedented success, Spielberg has never entirely shaken off allegations that his work has contributed to the sentimentalising - even the infantilising - of Hollywood's output.
In the first full biography of Steven Spielberg, John Baxter tells a remarkable story, and one which sheds light not only on Spielberg's career, and those of his generation of film-makers, but on contemporary Hollywood and on the future of the movies.

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A slight biography of Spielberg, perhaps the most successful filmmaker of all time. Attempting a biography of an artist at mid-career is always a daunting task, but the remarkable success of director ... Read full review


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John Baxter was born in Randwick, New South Wales in 1939. He is an Australian-born writer, journalist, and film-maker. He has lived in Britain and the U.S. as well as in his native Sydney, but has made his home in Paris since 1989. He began writing science fiction in the early 1960s for New Worlds, Science Fantasy and other British magazines. His first novel was published as a book in the US by Ace as The Off-Worlders. He was Visiting Professor at Hollins College in Virginia in 1975-1976. He has written a number of short stories and novels in that genre and a book about SF in the movies, as well as editing collections of Australian science fiction. For a number of years in the sixties, he was active in the Sydney Film Festival, and during the 1980s served in a consulting capacity on a number of film-funding bodies, as well as writing film criticism for The Australian and other periodicals. Since moving to Paris, he has written four books of autobiography, A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict, We'll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light, Immoveable feast : a Paris Christmas, and The Most Beautiful Walk in the World : a Pedestrian in Paris. In 2015 his title, Five Nights in Paris: After Dark in the City of Light, made The New Zealand Best Seller List.

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