• Duel
  • Duel
  • Jaws
  • Jaws
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Close Encounters
  • Minority Report
  • Minority Report
  • A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
  • A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Steven Spielberg
  • (L to R) Steven Spielberg, John Milius and George Lucas.

Steven Spielberg

The most successful filmmaker of all time, Steven Spielberg has also enjoyed great critical acclaim. That’s not to say that he hasn’t made a poor film – don’t bother seeing “1941” for example – but just about everything he’s worked on as a writer, director, producer, etc. has been exceptional.

from Biography.com

You’re gonna need a bigger boat.

~ Chief Brody in “Jaws”


For this class, we’ve decided to watch some of his earlier films, choosing from “Duel,” "Jaws" and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” – and then one of his more recent films – “A.I.: Artificial Intelligence,” “Minority Report” and/or "Bridge of Spies."
You need to do any one of the assignments linked on the right.


To help you, I have collected some links to several sites that have interesting reviews, criticisms and observations (see below). While I certainly don’t agree with nor endorse all of these points of view, it is the spirit of the free, open marketplace of ideas that I encourage you to check these out. If you know of other resources, please pass them along to me. Enjoy.


• Baseline’s entry on Spielberg A nice, brief overview of Spielberg’s work.


• “Duel” on IMDB
• 10 Things to Know about “Duel” 
• Duel Script


• “Jaws” in the mirror by Dan Rubey. An insightful look into the deeper sociological foundations of the film.
• In Amity, one man can make a difference by James Rose. A brief, but well-written analysis of “Jaws.”
• www.jawsmovie.com An interesting site full of historical and recent info about “Jaws.”
• "Jaws" and its impact on pop culture 40+ years later from Today.
• "The shark is still working: The legacy and impact of Jaws" from the Denver Film Society
• "Recalling the summer of 'Jaws'" from CNN
The inspiration for "Jaws" and other cool background videos from the Discovery Channel 
• Jaws Script


• “Close Encounters” 30 years after by Glenn Kenny. A nice look at the impact of “CE3K” from this independent blog.
• Film-Think by M. Leary. A brief blog entry examining the importance of “CE3K.”
• “CE3K” Online A fun, interactive fan site of “Close Encounters.”
• Official “CE3K” 30th Anniversary Site From Sony Pictures. 
• Close Encounters Script


• Ebert Review.pdf of “Minority Report.”
• Samantha Morton Interview.pdf who plays “Agatha” in “Minority Report.”
• Steven Spielberg Interview.pdf discusses “Minority Report.”
• Minority Report Script


• "A.I.” on IMDB
Roger Ebert's review of "A.I."
New York Times' review of "A.I."
• A.I. Script


• "Bridge of Spies” on IMDB
• Brian Tallerico's review of "Bridge of Spies"
Ian Nathan's review of "Bridge of Spies"
• Bridge of Spies Script

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