Film-maker pledges more movie magic

Matamata Chronicle - - Movies - EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

‘‘The sci­ence-fic­tion thriller Ready Player One, about a vir­tual on­line world in 2044, is ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2018.’’

A great white shark swims men­ac­ingly through the wa­ter, an alien ex­tends his gnarled, glow­ing fin­ger and sol­diers in World War II en­dure unimag­in­able slaugh­ter.

Direc­tor Steven Spiel­berg has cre­ated un­for­get­table mo­ments in film.

He and Har­ri­son Ford are col­lab­o­rat­ing on the fifth In­di­ana Jones movie, and when it’s re­leased in 2019, both will be sep­tu­a­ge­nar­i­ans. Spiel­berg tuned 70 on Sun­day, join­ing Ford in a group in which many peo­ple are re­tired.

But nei­ther of the grey­ing Hol­ly­wood ti­tans is the least bit tired of film-mak­ing.

Spiel­berg, a two-time win­ner of the Best Direc­tor Os­car, said in May at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val in France that he plans to make movies un­til the day he dies.

Aside from the In­di­ana Jones movie, Spiel­berg has sev­eral oth­ers in the works.

Due out at the end of next year is The Kid­nap­ping of Edgardo Mor­tara, a his­tor­i­cal drama based on a true story of the far-reach­ing im­pli­ca­tions of the 1858 ab­duc­tion of an Ital­ian Jewish boy.

The sci­ence-fic­tion thriller Ready Player One, about a vir­tual on­line world in 2044, is ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2018.

The movies Spiel­berg has di­rected, from his break­through Jaws in 1975 to the re­cent film The BFG, have made him one of the most suc­cess­ful di­rec­tors in his­tory.

Among his big­gest films are the heart-warm­ing E.T. the Ex­trater­res­trial (1982), the grip­ping World War II dra­mas Schindler’s List (1993) and Sav­ing Pri­vate Ryan (1998), Lin­coln (2012) and Bridge of Spies (2015).

His love of the movies be­gan early in life, mak­ing his first am­a­teur film at age 12 on 8-mil­lime­tre film.

Spiel­berg di­rected his first movie, The Su­gar­land Ex­press star­ring Goldie Hawn, in 1974 and at age 28, he gave Hol­ly­wood a jolt with Jaws, which ush­ered in the era of block­buster films.

Spiel­berg had to wait sev­eral years for one of the cov­eted stat­ues, fi­nally scor­ing a win when Schindler’s List won seven Academy Awards, in­clud­ing the Best Direc­tor and Best Pic­ture awards. The movie also won three Golden Globes.

He said the movie, filmed in part in front of the gates of the Auschwitz con­cen­tra­tion camp, changed his life. It prompted him to con­duct re­search into his own Jewish rel­a­tives who were killed in the Holo­caust.

Soon af­ter Schindler’s List, Spiel­berg founded the Shoah Foun­da­tion, which is ded­i­cated to mak­ing au­dio and video record­ings of peo­ple who sur­vived or wit­nessed the Holo­caust.

Spiel­berg re­ceived his sec­ond Best Direc­tor Os­car in 1999 for Sav­ing Pri­vate Ryan.

His films have of­ten been based on his­tor­i­cal and po­lit­i­cal ma­te­rial, such as the Olympic mas­sacre at the 1972 sum­mer games in Mu­nich, the Amis­tad slave re­volt and the ex­change of Cold War spies.

IAN GAVAN

Steven Spiel­berg at­tends The BFG (Le Bon Gros Geant - Le BGG) pre­miere dur­ing the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val in May 2016.

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