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Making movies until your teeth fall out" is what I will continue to do Ibid.

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Throughout the next eight years, Spielberg made several movies that led the blockbuster phenomenon, including Poltergeist and E. These movies spurred more Academy Award nominations, and E.

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Spielberg also teamed up with friend George Lucas on several projects including the Indiana Jones series. In , Spielberg formed Amblin Entertainment, a production studio that worked with several other major studios in an effort to produce major films Ibid. The marriage lasted four years, until when they divorced. The couple later adopted and conceived seven children. In , Spielberg released one of the biggest blockbusters of the nineties. Jurassic Park was an incredible depiction of dinosaurs still living on an island.

The movie grossed millions of dollars and fully developed the special effects capabilities films can capture. Even after the tremendous success of Jurassic Park , Spielberg wanted more. In the past, he had created films that represented some aspect of his childhood Rubin He turned to this personal inspiration again, addressing an aspect of his life that he wanted to expose.

With family relatives affected by the Holocaust, Spielberg felt the desire to direct and produce the novel Schindler's List. The movie brought to Spielberg new emotions.

He later remarked that "the movie was for the six million Jews who" could not watch Ibid. This was the first movie studio to open in the last seventy-five years and a company focused both on producing superior films and becoming a music entertainment powerhouse.


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The artist-friendly studio "is a leading producer of live-action motion pictures, animated feature films, network and cable television programming, home video, and DVD entertainment and consumer products" DreamWorks SKG. Spielberg's contribution to the American film industry is substantial. The concept of the blockbuster movie was begun and fueled by Spielberg's tremendously successful movies that spanned decades. From Jaws to Saving Private Ryan , Spielberg has brought great films to theatres while connecting with the emotions of his viewers and resurfacing historical issues such as racism Color Purple and Amistad and Nazism Schindler's List.

In particular, the issues that Spielberg addresses throughout his films enable the audience and those affected by such horror, to relive and remember the importance of such historical events. These movies also serve as a learning experience for the audience, from the strife and strong human perseverance that was present during trying times in American and world history. More integral throughout his career, Spielberg shows he is a dreamer of imagination. By relating to his childhood, he is able to replicate onscreen the magical discoveries and dreams he had growing up as a little boy.

He is able to take the audience for a trip into the eyes of the actors as they experience thrills, horrors, and the wonders that all of us have had at one time or another. Spielberg remarked once that "my name is on a couple of buildings because in a way that's a fundraiser. But eighty percent of what I do is anonymous. I get so much pleasure from that" McBride In fact, Spielberg stated once that a rabbi told him if he "puts his name on everything, it will go unrecognized by God" Friedman Spielberg claims that a change in his giving and personality from a "miser to a philanthropist" stems from the influence of his friend Steve Ross Ibid.

Ross was a Time Warner executive who taught Spielberg that he should contribute to causes that affected him; the causes that dealt with the complexities of his upbringing and life Ibid. An early example of Spielberg's contributions to the community dates back to the beginning of his career as a movie director. In , at the age of eighteen, Spielberg made his first film Firelight.

Although the movie only profited one dollar, he gave the dollar to the Perry Institute Home for Mentally Handicapped Children Rubin Prizes for Spielberg's early films yielded him not only new film equipment, but also books and other gadgets for aspiring movie makers. Although humble in his winnings, Spielberg donated some of these prizes to local high schools in an effort to spark movie making and film interest in other students.

This belief in passing on the passion was fueled after the Universal Pictures executive Sidney J. Sheinberg signed Spielberg to a contract with the production company. Sheinberg remarked to Spielberg that "he wanted him to help, in any way he can, young people like himself" Ibid. After success from his early blockbusters, Spielberg began to contribute immensely to the Los Angeles community.

The grant was so significant that the hospital named a wing of the building after him. At the University of Southern California, Spielberg gave money to create a scoring stage to be used for first time producers, writers, and directors interested in furthering their understanding of film Ibid.

Spielberg and his wife also bought eight acres of land in Brentwood, California, in an effort to save it from commercialized development. The land was given to the Sullivan Canyon Preservation Association so that horses can be exercised and free to roam Schwinn Spielberg's interest in themes and topics found throughout his movies also led to philanthropic contributions to organizations throughout the country.


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After the movie E. He remarked that the movie was "going to be popular not because people were afraid of the phenomena, but because UFOs are a seductive alternative for a lot of people who no longer have faith in anything else" McBride The money was directed to the META Mega-channel Extraterrestrial Assay system that was used by a Harvard telescope to detect radio signals from distant civilizations Ibid.

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It was his work on Schindler's List that sparked his greatest philanthropic contributions to date. Also in , he re-united with actor Richard Dreyfuss for the romantic comedy-drama Always , about a daredevil pilot who extinguishes forest fires. Spielberg's first romantic film, Always was only a moderate success and had mixed reviews. In , Spielberg returned to the adventure genre with the film version of Michael Crichton's novel Jurassic Park , about a theme park with genetically engineered dinosaurs.

This would be the third time that one of Spielberg's films became the highest-grossing film ever. Spielberg's next film, Schindler's List , was based on the true story of Oskar Schindler, a man who risked his life to save 1, Jews from the Holocaust. With the film a huge success at the box office, Spielberg used the profits to set up the Shoah Foundation, a non-profit organization that archives filmed testimony of Holocaust survivors. In , the American Film Institute listed it among the 10 Greatest American Films ever Made 9 which moved up to 8 when the list was remade in In , Spielberg took a hiatus from directing to spend more time with his family and build his new studio, DreamWorks, with partners Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen.

His next film, Amistad , was based on a true story like Schindler's List , specifically about an African slave rebellion. Despite decent reviews from critics, it did not do well at the box office. Miller Tom Hanks sent to bring home a paratrooper whose three older brothers were killed in the same twenty-four hours, June 5—6, of the Normandy landing. Spielberg won his second Academy Award for his direction. The film's graphic, realistic depiction of combat violence influenced later war films such as Black Hawk Down and Enemy at the Gates. The film was also the first major hit for DreamWorks, which co-produced the film with Paramount Pictures as such, it was Spielberg's first release from the latter that was not part of the Indiana Jones series.

The series won a number of awards at the Golden Globes and the Emmys. In , Spielberg filmed fellow director and friend Stanley Kubrick's final project, A. Artificial Intelligence which Kubrick was unable to begin during his lifetime. A futuristic film about a humanoid android longing for love, A. Spielberg and actor Tom Cruise collaborated for the first time for the futuristic neo-noir Minority Report , based upon the science fiction short story written by Philip K.

Dick about a Washington D. Roger Ebert, who named it the best film of , praised its breathtaking vision of the future as well as for the way Spielberg blended CGI with live-action. The film is known for John Williams' score and its unique title sequence. It was a hit both commercially and critically.

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Spielberg collaborated again with Tom Hanks along with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Stanley Tucci in 's The Terminal , a warm-hearted comedy about a man of Eastern European descent who is stranded in an airport. It received mixed reviews but performed relatively well at the box office. In , Empire magazine ranked Spielberg number one on a list of the greatest film directors of all time. Also in , Spielberg directed a modern adaptation of War of the Worlds a co-production of Paramount and DreamWorks , based on the H. Wells book of the same name Spielberg had been a huge fan of the book and the original film.

Unlike E. Spielberg's film Munich , about the events following the Munich Massacre of Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games, was his second film essaying Jewish relations in the world the first being Schindler's List. The film is based on Vengeance , a book by Canadian journalist George Jonas. It was previously adapted into the made-for-TV film Sword of Gideon. The film received strong critical praise, but underperformed at the U. In June , Steven Spielberg announced he would direct a scientifically accurate film about "a group of explorers who travel through a worm hole and into another dimension", from a treatment by Kip Thorne and producer Lynda Obst.

In January , screenwriter Jonathan Nolan met with them to discuss adapting Obst and Thorne's treatment into a narrative screenplay. The screenwriter suggested the addition of a "time element" to the treatment's basic idea, which was welcomed by Obst and Thorne. In March of that year, Paramount hired Nolan, as well as scientists from Caltech, forming a workshop to adapt the treatment under the title Interstellar.

The following July, Kip Thorne said there was a push by people for him to portray himself in the film.

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Spielberg later abandoned Interstellar , which was eventually directed by Christopher Nolan. Spielberg directed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull , which wrapped filming in October and was released on May 22, This was his first film not to be released by DreamWorks since The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn , was not released until October , due to the complexity of the computer animation involved.

The world premiere took place on October 22, in Brussels, Belgium. It is the first non-Pixar film to win the award since the category was first introduced. Jackson has been announced to direct the second film. Spielberg followed with War Horse , shot in England in the summer of It was released just four days after The Adventures of Tintin , on December 25, The film, based on the novel of the same name written by Michael Morpurgo and published in , follows the long friendship between a British boy and his horse Joey before and during World War I — the novel was also adapted into a hit play in London which is still running there, as well as on Broadway.

Distributed by Walt Disney Studios, with whom DreamWorks made a distribution deal in , War Horse was the first of four consecutive Spielberg films released by Disney. War Horse received generally positive reviews from critics, and was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Written by Tony Kushner, the film was shot in Richmond, Virginia, in late , and was released in the United States in November Upon release, Lincoln received widespread critical acclaim, and was nominated for twelve Academy Awards the most of any film that year including Best Picture and Best Director for Spielberg.