With more than 30 films and countless accolades, Steven Spielberg has cemented himself among the greatest storytellers of this generation. From E.T. and Jaws to Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan, Spielberg’s works have captivated audiences and redefined the box-office hit. This beautifully illustrated and superbly written special edition of LIFE celebrates the acclaimed director at 75, delving into his powerful childhood inspirations and his directorial debuts, and going way behind the scenes of his signature blockbusters and moving historical dramas.
LIFE Steven Spielberg
The Storyteller • Over the course of his prodigious career, Steven Spielberg has redefined moviemaking, delivering iconic and hugely successful films. More than anything, the director, now 75, has touched so many lives.
Director’s Portfolio • Since his directorial debut at age 17, Steven Spielberg has directed nail-bitting thrillers, heart-warming tales of friendship, historical dramas, all across numerous genres. A peerless career, in posters:
Through the Years • Images of a man at work: Spielberg on the set.
The Big Bomb • In the midst of Spielberg’s blockbuster success, the war comedy 1941 landed as a box office flop.
Mogul • The DreamWorks Animation partnership of David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Steven Spielberg (above) sought to foster positivity and creativity.
The Music Man • Steven Spielberg behind the camera and John Williams behind the piano quickly became one of the most powerful duos in Hollywood.
THE SHOAH FOUNDATION
In His Element
Experience the Stories of a Lifetime
America’s Storyteller • By popular acclaim, box office receipts, and sheer cultural impact, Steven Spielberg is the most successful film director of all time. Most powerfully, his films remain in the national consciousness.