How Steven Spielberg became a Legend and Created Masterpieces
How Steven Spielberg became a Legend and Created Masterpieces

How Steven Spielberg became a Legend and Created Masterpieces

Trista - March 10, 2019

How Steven Spielberg became a Legend and Created Masterpieces
A movie poster for Munich. Andreasmoser.

7. Steven Spielberg’s Films Drew Heavily on His Jewish Heritage

Spielberg’s film Munich, which was released in 2005, told the story of the Israeli athletes who were assassinated by Palestinian nationalists at the 1972 Olympics. The story portrays the tragedy by saying both the Palestinian and Israeli sides of the conflict in the Holy Lands, which ultimately led to the massacre. Spielberg felt that his Jewish faith obligated him to tell both the Palestinian and Israeli narratives because there are tragedies and victims on both sides.

How Steven Spielberg became a Legend and Created Masterpieces
Steven Spielberg at Cannes in 2016. Blogspot.

6. His Film Career Changed Hollywood

Steven Spielberg single-handedly invented the blockbuster. He also set and continually re-set the standards for cinematography and screenwriting so that now, high-quality special effects, dynamic characters, action-packed plots, and moving soundtracks are part and parcel of any successful film. His films were gritty and raw, and ultimately, told stories that emanated from his own experiences so that the world can relate to them.

How Steven Spielberg became a Legend and Created Masterpieces
A movie poster for The BFG. New DVD Release Dates.

5. Later Films Continue to Be Successful

Spielberg is now in his seventies, but his film career is still in full swing. In the past few years, he has produced hits like War Horse, Lincoln, Bridge of Spies, and The BFG. They tell compelling stories that, while setting in times and places that people today may not be able to relate to, showcase characters whose everyday experiences of being human to enable them to connect with their worlds in powerful ways.

How Steven Spielberg became a Legend and Created Masterpieces
Steven Spielberg with his first wife, Amy Irving. Static.cinemarx.ro.

4. Spielberg Has Been Married Twice

Spielberg’s first wife was Amy Irving, in 1976. When they dated, Amy declined to act in any of his films because she didn’t want her professional career to be built on her being Steven’s girlfriend. They married in 1985 and later divorced; having gone through his parents’ divorce, Spielberg was horrified at what he was putting their son, Max, through. He later married Kate Capshaw, whom he met on the set of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

How Steven Spielberg became a Legend and Created Masterpieces
Steven Spielberg with his wife and some of their kids in 2013 at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Funyarn.

3. Steven Spielberg Has Seven Children

Max is Spielberg’s son through his first marriage, to Amy Irving. He has a stepdaughter, Jessica Capshaw, from Kate’s previous marriage. She had also adopted a son named Theo, whom Spielberg also adopted. With Kate, he had Sasha, Sawyer, Mikaela, and Destry. When he isn’t working hard on the set producing another blockbuster, he can be found at home, enjoying time with his children.

How Steven Spielberg became a Legend and Created Masterpieces
Steven Spielberg with his second and current wife, Kate Capshaw. NY Daily News.

2. Spielberg Rediscovered His Jewish Identity Through Kate Capshaw

Though he grew up in a Jewish family and his parents and grandparents often spoke of life in Russia and the Holocaust, Spielberg distanced himself from the Jewish faith because he felt shunned continuously by it. Kate Capshaw was a convert to Judaism, and through his relationship with her, he rediscovered his own Jewish identity. In addition to his relationship with Kate, the production of Schindler’s List was a turning point for him spiritually.

How Steven Spielberg became a Legend and Created Masterpieces
The boy scout cinematography badge. Troop721.org.

1. Steven Spielberg Promotes Cinematography in Boy Scouts

Since one of Spielberg’s earliest experiences with cinematography came from his participation in boy scouts, he helped develop a merit badge for scouts who pursue the art. When the badge was launched at the Boy Scout Jamboree in 1989, he personally counseled some of the scouts on what they would have to do to attain the badge.

 

Where did we find this stuff? Here are our sources:

“Steven Spielberg.” Wikipedia.

“Lawrence of Arabia: The film that inspired Spielberg,” by Dan Stephens. September 16, 2010.

“Spielberg”. Documentary by HBO.

“Steven Spielberg.” Internet Movie Database.

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