I finally got a chance to sit down and watch HBO’s documentary on Steven Spielberg and I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would. Sometimes with documentaries on major directors or other artists of all kinds, the documentary will cover only the surface of the person’s work and include mostly interviews of people who knew them or just experts in the field. However, I really enjoyed how much Spielberg was involved in the documentary himself and shared a lot of personal stories.
The documentary covers parts of his childhood and all through his career from the very beginning up until today. Many people might not even realize the vast number of films Spielberg has created. Spielberg also tells childhood stories, even his parents are interviewed, and he gives a brief look at his own family he has created which is obviously very important to him. I think my favorite part is the stories, pictures, and videos shared from when Spielberg and his friends, including directors Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma (Scarface), and George Lucas, were just starting out in their film-making careers.
Overall the film reminds you of Spielberg’s depth and breadth of work, it gives you some behind the scenes stories and clips about making some of Hollywood’s biggest films, and gives you an intimate look at his life told by Spielberg himself.
If you have an HBO subscription you can watch the documentary here or on the HBO channel.