“I dream for a living”: Steven Spielberg lists his favorite movies

Steven Spielberg’s genius has created unforgettable scenes that have entered the history of cinema and popular imagery. His film career, which lasts for over forty years, gives us a mix of art, experimentation, technology, imagination and aesthetics.

Steven Allan Spielberg was born in 1946 in Cincinnati, the eldest son of Jewish parents. The Father is  an electronic engineer and the mother is a pianist. The destiny of his profession seems to have been marked since childhood: when he was 7, he began to shoot with a mediocre video camera the first 8 mm short videos. The actors were his schoolmates.

The intolerance he saw at school by some of his peers because of his Jewish formation, the long absences of his father and the consequent divorce of his parents were events that marked him deeply.

He attended the California State University, but he didn’t complete his studies because he preferred to devote himself entirely to film directing. During the university period, he pretended to be an employee of Universal Studios. He shot his first short movie, Amblin, and the prizes received gave popularity to his name. In the end Universal Studios actually hired him.

“I dream for a living” (S. Spielberg)

Through his films he explored all genres: science fiction, biographies, thrillers, comedies, history. JawsE.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Schlinder’s List are just some example of huge successes he produced in life.

This beautiful video shows the visual talent of Steven Spielberg in thirty shots taken from his filmography.

Some time ago he made a list of his favorite films, the ones that influenced him most. Among them we find two animated movies (Fantasia and Dumbo), some classics like Citizen Kane and 2001: A Space Odyssey and also a film he re-interpreted in his filmography, War of the Worlds. You find hem below:

  • It’s a Wonderful Life, Frank Capra (1946)
  • The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola (1972)
  • Fantasia, Walt Disney (1940)
  • A Guy Named Joe, Victor Fleming (1943)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn (2014)
  • War of the Worlds, Byron Haskin (1953)
  • Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock (1960)
  • 2001, a Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick (1968)
  • Lawrence of Arabia, David Lean (1962)
  • Untouchable, Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano (2011)
  • The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan (2008)
  • The 400 Blows, François Truffaut (1959)
  • Day for Night, François Truffaut (1973)
  • Citizen Kane, Orson Welles (1941)
  • Captains Courageous, Victor Fleming (1937)
  • The Best Years of Our Lives, William Wyler (1946)
  • The Searchers, John Ford (1956)
  • Tootsie, Sydney Pollack (1982)
  • Seven Samurai, Akira Kurosawa (1954)
  • Dumbo, Walt Disney (1941)
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