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PCR #269. (Vol. 6, No. 20) This edition is for the week of May 16--22, 2005.
MONEY IN THE BANK
THE STORY OF JAWS - PART 19
"Jaws" had exhausted Spielberg. However, once the film opened and the raves began flowing in, he began to "believe the hype" and used his new found power to line up his next project, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." While readying for the film, Spielberg invited a local Los Angeles television camera crew to his home in anticipation of his being nominated for an Academy Award for directing "Jaws." One by one, the names of the nominees were read off. Legendary directors Robert Altman, Milos Foreman, Stanley Kubrick and Sidney Lumet were named. What's best remembered is Spielberg's comment after the last name was announced: "They went with Fellini instead of me." The fifth nominee was Italian director Federico Fellini. "Close Encounters" was an immediate success and did, in fact, earn Spielberg his first Academy Award nomination. He followed "CE3K" up with what was billed as an epic comedy, "1941." The film was not popular with either critics or audiences but his next film would more then make up for the disappointment his fans felt (though I must admit I wasn't one of them - I think "1941" is hilarious!) 1981's "Raiders of the Lost Ark" was a return to the old serials that he grew up watching. "Raiders" brought him directing nomination number two. He earned his third nomination with 1982's "ET: the Extra Terrestrial." In 1985 he tackled the serious subjects found in the acclaimed novel, "The Color Purple." Though the film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, the shock was that Spielberg was not one of the nominees. He did win the Director's Guild of America Award that year, one of the very few instances where the DGA winner did not win the Oscar. In fact, he and Ron Howard ("Apollo 13") are the only directors to win the DGA award and NOT be nominated for an Oscar for the same film. In 1993 he finally took home the directing Oscar for "Schindler's List." He won the award again for 1998's "Saving Private Ryan."
Spielberg also emerged in the 1980s and 1990s as a producer, forming his own production company, Amblin. Among the films he helped bring to the screen: "Used Cars," "Gremlins," "The Goonies," "Back to the Future," "An American Tail," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "Twister" and "Men In Black." In 1997 he joined forces with Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen to form the studio Dreamworks SKG.
Next month his latest film, "War of the Worlds," opens.
Well, that's all for now. Have a great week. See ya!
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