StevenSpielberg: A Biography, Second Edition is a biography written by Joseph McBridewho was a famous critic, biographer, and screenwriter. Spielberg is one of themost prominent American filmmakers of the past few decades, and was accountablefor some of the greatest profitable accomplishments in movie history. McBridebelieved that he deserved a book about him that was “as serious and honest ashis previous studies”. The deciding factor for McBride to write a biography ofthe director was the declaration in 1993 when Spielberg would finally film Schindler’s List. This then lead to the releaseof the first edition of Steven Spielberg: A Biography which undoubtedly became oneof McBride’s most impressive work.
Thesecond edition book is detailed, insightful and raw. One of the best modern-daywriters in film history, McBride engagingly brings together a variety ofmaterial, connecting biographical details and up-to-date comments onSpielberg’s many wide-ranging film projects. He is a writer who endeavors tomake complicated artistic and social developments understandable to others.
JosephMcBride describes the filmmaker’s youth, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and later on inNew Jersey, Arizona, and California, with admiration and seriousness. It took Josephfour years to gather information and write the book where during his research, wherehe interviewed an overwhelming amount of 327 people from each period ofSpielberg’s lifetime and career. StevenSpielberg, who was born in 1946, had a childhood manifested by a series of movesthat took the family from Ohio to New Jersey to Arizona and ultimately toCalifornia. Little Steven was always shoved into being the “new kid”. An additionalsource of alienation, that generated a major theme in Mr.
Spielberg’s work, washis parent’s, Arnold and Leah’s spousal conflict. Although the family remained unbrokenuntil Steven was of college age, it was an unhealthy relationship. Afterhis difficult high school years, Mr. Spielberg escaped to Los Angeles and tookan apprenticeship at Universal Studios, where he dazzled the pros with thecinematic ingenuity of his homemade movies. Within five years he had become theyoungest director ever signed to a contract by a major Hollywood studio. WhileSchindler’s List (1993) remains Spielberg’s masterpiece, his work continued toprogress in different captivating methods.
Theonly weakness to this attention-grabbing biography is that a modification is inorder. Spielberg, alone in 2011, released two new films, that were released onlyafter the book came out. Although it may be outdated, this second edition bookis highly recommendable to those who are interested in Spielberg’s journey to becominga world-known director. This second edition book adds four chapters toSpielberg’s life story, narrating his extremely active and artistic period from1997 to 2010, an era where he has been able to balance his managerial duties asone of the partners in the film studio DreamWorks SKG with an outstanding chainof films as a director –with a few rough patches along the way.