Thursday, July 26, 2007

Spielberg Documentary

So I missed the recent Spielbery documentary that aired on TCM and I have been hoping someone will post it on YouTube someday. In the meantime, I found this 57 minute film about Spielberg and his work, apparently from a British TV program called "The Culture Show".



For being such a prolific and influential filmmaker, Mr. Spielberg rarely talks much about his process. He never does commentaries on his DVDs and rarely gives interviews, so it was really a treat to find this and hear him talk about his films, even though the show is only an hour and he doesn't have the time to discuss each film in depth.

Especially interesting is hearing George Lucas talk about the weaknesses of Spielberg's film "1941" and saying that Steven had gotten too successful and had no limitations placed on him and that lead to Steven being out of control without anyone to reign him in (which I would say is probably the case with Lucas and the newest Star Wars movies, but that's just my opinion). Also, Lucas calls Spielberg's films a little "too saccharine" for his tastes. It's rare to see such honest appraisals from Hollywood filmmakers of their peers, that's for sure.

13 comments:

Cory and Tashina said...

I saw half of it! I wish it showed a lot more than it did, but it was cool seeing him talk for once!

Benjamin De Schrijver said...

The Brando documentary turned up on www.torrentspy.com a few weeks after it was aired. Maybe this one will too? It sure would be interesting to see.

Benjamin De Schrijver said...

This it? http://www.torrentspy.com/torrent/1741365/Turner_Classic_Special_Spielberg_on_Spielberg_2_7_TVRip_SoS_avi

Matt J said...

I just saw this recently too on YouTube & also concurrently watched MUNICH for the first time-Spielberg's still on top of his game.

The interviewer Mark Kermode is one of the UK's best & most vocal film critics-check out his review of Pirates 3 on YouTube!

k. borcz said...

Yes, it would be nice to get commentaries from Mr. Speiberg. And yea! for youtube cause I don't have cable.

Anonymous said...

George is literally about the only person in the business who can afford to be that frank about his colleague S.S.

I agree about Lucas' own blindspot--if you can 4 movies that. I hope they're a good, balancing influence on each other on the Indy 4 film.

mark kennedy said...

thanks for the comments!

cory and tashina - it will be airing again in October. Chack out the tcm website for times.

benjamin - thanks for the link! Awesome!

mattj - good to know. He asked a lot of smart questions, he's a good interviewer.

k. borcz - yeah, what did we do before youtube?

anonymous - yeah, let's hope so.

OV! said...
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OV! said...

M.
theres a really good interview he did on "inside the actors studio" a while back. i have it on vhs. you should check it out its really good.

mark kennedy said...

ov! - yeah, someone loaned me that, you're right, it was great.

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