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Steven Spielberg : a biography

Author: Joseph McBride
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2010] ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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This long-awited second edition of Joseph McBride's acclaimed 1997 biography of Steven Spielberg, the world's most popular and influential filmmaker, adds four new chapters chronicling the richly creative activities of Spielberg's recent years. The original edition was praised by the New York Times Book Review as "an exemplary portrait" written with "impressive detail and sensitivity"; Time called it "easily the
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Steven Spielberg; Steven Spielberg
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph McBride
ISBN: 9781604738360 1604738367 9781604738377 1604738375
OCLC Number: 631748164
Notes: Originally published: New York : Simon and Schuster, ©1997.
Description: 640 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: How wondrous are thy works" --
"Mazik" --
"Meshuggeneh" --
"A wimp in a world of jocks" --
"Big spiel" --
"Hell on earth" --
"A hell of a big break" --
"This tremendous meatgrinder" --
"The Steven Spielberg business" --
"A primal scream movie" --
Watch the skies --
"Rehab" --
"Ecstacy and grief" --
"Adult truths" --
"An awfully big adventure" --
Mensch --
Mogul and director --
Mainstream independent --
Light in the darkness --
"400-pound gorilla."
Responsibility: Joseph McBride.

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In this first full-scale, in-depth biography of Spielberg, Joseph McBride reveals hidden dimensions of the filmmaker's personality and shows how deeply personal even his most commercial work has  Read more...

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