Synopsis: A documentary on the life and career of one of the most influential film directors of all time, Steven Spielberg.
Director(s): Susan Lacy
Production: HBO
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
147 min


( camera rolling )

( music playing )

Steven Spielberg:

I started making movies

when I was a young kid,

but I remember the time

I almost gave up my dream

of being a movie director.

I must have been 16.

( music playing )


A movie came into town

called "Lawrence of Arabia,"

and everybody

was talking about it.

I never sat in a fancy

theater seat before.

Premium ticket price,

70mm projection,

stereophonic sound.

And when

the film was over,

I wanted to not be

a director anymore

because the bar

was too high.

There was a scene

where he looked at himself

in that sword/knife,

when he was first

given the robes

and he thought

he was alone.

And he walked

around laughing

and looking at his shadow

where the diaphanous robe

he was holding out

was actually imprinted

- on the sand in shadow.

- ( laughs )

It was a great moment.

And then later,

when they route

the retreating Turks,

you see him again

covered in gore.

And he's got the knife

in the same position

he had it

in his pristine days,

in his glory days.

And he's looking at himself,

who he's become.

It was the first time,

seeing a movie,

I realized that

there are themes that aren't

narrative story themes.

There are themes

that are character themes,

that are personal themes.

That David Lean

created a portraiture,

surrounded the portrait

with a mural

of scope

and epic action,

but at the heart and core

of "Lawrence of Arabia"

is "Who am I"?

- ( gunfire )

- ( all yelling )


I had such a profound reaction

to the filmmaking,

and I went back

and saw the film

a week later.

I saw the film

a week after that.

And I saw the film

a week after that.

And I realized that

there was no going back,

that this was going to be

what I was gonna do

or I was gonna

die trying.

But this was going to be

the rest of my life.

( music playing )

( explosion )

( music continues )

( roaring )

( distant explosions )

( music continues )

And then trying to get--

it felt lined up.

- Man:
The camera

just gotta go right.

- Just a little bit lower.

That's good right there.

That's perfect.

Yeah, camera has to go

right a bit, please.

Go right.

- Right, right, right, right.

- Man:
Can you get there?

Right there

would be good.


Every time I start

a new scene, I'm nervous.

And it's like

going to school,

having to take a test.

I never heard the lines

spoken before.

I don't know

what I'm gonna think

of hearing the lines,

I don't know what

I'm gonna tell the actors,

I don't know where

I'm gonna put the camera.

And every single time,

it's the same.

But I tell you,

it's the greatest feeling

in the world.

I'll tell you

why it's a good feeling.

The more

I'm feeling confident

and secure

about something,

the less

I'm gonna put out.

The more I'm feeling,

"Uh-oh, this could be

a major problem

in getting

the story told,"

I'm gonna work overtime

to meet the challenge

and get the job done.

All right, that's done.

I don't know if it's worth it.


And so, I hate the feeling

of being nervous,

but I need to feel

in this moment

I'm really not sure

what I'm doing.

And when that verges on panic,

I get great ideas.

The more I feel

backed into a corner,

the more rewarding

it becomes

when I figure my way out

of the corner.

I love it.

Next shot.


- ( music playing )

- ( muffled chatter )

( yelling )

- Did you see that?

- Yes.

( screams )

( muffled screaming )

Martin Scorsese:

I remember when Steven

was in production on "Jaws,"

the word around town

and in the "LA Times"

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