Spielberg: A Biography, Second Edition is a biography written by Joseph McBride
who was a famous critic, biographer, and screenwriter. Spielberg is one of the
most prominent American filmmakers of the past few decades, and was accountable
for some of the greatest profitable accomplishments in movie history. McBride
believed that he deserved a book about him that was “as serious and honest as
his previous studies”. The deciding factor for McBride to write a biography of
the director was the declaration in 1993 when Spielberg would finally film Schindler’s List. This then lead to the release
of the first edition of Steven Spielberg: A Biography which undoubtedly became one
of McBride’s most impressive work.
second edition book is detailed, insightful and raw. One of the best modern-day
writers in film history, McBride engagingly brings together a variety of
material, connecting biographical details and up-to-date comments on
Spielberg’s many wide-ranging film projects. He is a writer who endeavors to
make complicated artistic and social developments understandable to others.
McBride describes the filmmaker’s youth, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and later on in
New Jersey, Arizona, and California, with admiration and seriousness. It took Joseph
four years to gather information and write the book where during his research, where
he interviewed an overwhelming amount of 327 people from each period of
Spielberg’s lifetime and career.
Spielberg, who was born in 1946, had a childhood manifested by a series of moves
that took the family from Ohio to New Jersey to Arizona and ultimately to
California. Little Steven was always shoved into being the “new kid”. An additional
source of alienation, that generated a major theme in Mr. Spielberg’s work, was
his parent’s, Arnold and Leah’s spousal conflict. Although the family remained unbroken
until Steven was of college age, it was an unhealthy relationship.
his difficult high school years, Mr. Spielberg escaped to Los Angeles and took
an apprenticeship at Universal Studios, where he dazzled the pros with the
cinematic ingenuity of his homemade movies. Within five years he had become the
youngest director ever signed to a contract by a major Hollywood studio. While
Schindler’s List (1993) remains Spielberg’s masterpiece, his work continued to
progress in different captivating methods.
only weakness to this attention-grabbing biography is that a modification is in
order. Spielberg, alone in 2011, released two new films, that were released only
after the book came out. Although it may be outdated, this second edition book
is highly recommendable to those who are interested in Spielberg’s journey to becoming
a world-known director. This second edition book adds four chapters to
Spielberg’s life story, narrating his extremely active and artistic period from
1997 to 2010, an era where he has been able to balance his managerial duties as
one of the partners in the film studio DreamWorks SKG with an outstanding chain
of films as a director –with a few rough patches along the way.