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Fifty years ago, Steven Spielberg made his full-length film directorial debut with a little made-for-TV movie called Duel. The movie followed a man who was being chased by a unseen trucker with a serious case for road rage. After that, Spielberg had what can be described as a pretty good career.
From the 70’s to the 80’s, Spielberg created new film genres or brought back long dormant ones. In 1975, Jaws would net an amazing $470 million and be regarded at one of the first true summer blockbusters. He would direct ET: The Extra-Terrestrial, the highest grossing film of all time until Spielberg bested himself with Jurassic Park. He was almost immediately a household name.
He would use his power to shepherd rival animated films to Disney, new film franchises helmed by proteges, and help bring Looney Tunes back to relevance.
It wasn’t just family films Spielberg excelled at. In 1993, Spielberg would stretch his skills and direct a deeply personal film to get more in touch with his Jewish heritage. Schindler’s List would win several awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Spielberg would go on to gain more artistic freedom by accomplishing something that few directors could ever dream of: he would time up with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen to launch their own studio. Under Dreamworks, Spielberg would continue working on highly acclaimed works like Munich, crowd-pleasing films like Catch Me If You Can, and a pair of sci-fi films with Tom Cruise. But when it seemed like Stephen Spielberg was only doing films for grown ups now, from time to time he’ll return to doing a family film like The Adventures of Tin-Tin and Ready Player One.
It’s been fifty years, and Spielberg has directed 33 full-length feature films. It’s been a long road from Duel.
Today’s bonus prompt: what is your favorite film directed by Steven Spielberg?