3 thoughts on “The Magic of Steven Spielberg (1984)

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    February 11, 2019 at 4:10 pm
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    1941 was an unfocused mess, indeed. Spielberg made another slapstick comedy, The Money Pit, which I thought was even worse! 1941 has become a cult hit ever since and did make money, though still nowhere near the blockbuster money of Indiana Jones, Jaws, etc. I suppose you could call “Saving Private Ryan” his “1941” apology.

    Spielberg made some more crowd-pleasing entertainment, before getting serious with “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan”. The Academy finally gave Steven his just due with “Schindler’s List”, after basically ignoring him for his previous blockbusters.

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    February 11, 2019 at 5:52 pm
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    I would hardly call The Money Pit a Spielberg film. Sure, Amblin was one of three production companies and he was one of several people with a producer credit. By that rationale, Back to the Future, Goonies, Men in Black and a bunch of others are also Spielberg films.

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      December 8, 2019 at 4:37 pm
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      I agree with you, Jay. It’s an industry practice where industry insiders (e.g. directors, actors) lend their names to become a “producer”, even though they may not have to do anything for the film. In exchange for the film’s profit, the well-known names of such “producers” give the film clout, akin to a stamp of approval, and making the public think that they are walking into a film of quality.

      For example, Bradley Cooper is a producer for Joker and I doubt he has to do much in that capacity.

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