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The Great Spielberg
By Sharon White
Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest directors in the filmmaking history. He did not graduate from a university, did not take any film classes. Spielberg is a self-taught director whose films totaled 2 billion dollars in domestic market only. He contributed to the modern movie industry a lot. He created his first movie in 1969.
However it was his next film that truly cemented Spielberg's reputation as a rising star. Jaws came out in 1975, andproved to be a tremendous success. It quickly established Spielberg's reputation and fame, also heralding a new era of blockbuster films with large gross revenues. When Jaws was released not even Spielberg himself could have imagined the impact it would have on contemporary cinema. The release of Jaws and shortly after George Lucas' Star Wars was a move towards big budget blockbusters and as many called it 'New Hollywood.'
"Hollywood itself was in the midst of an aesthetic, cultural, and industrial reorientation, which was signalled most dramatically by the unprecedented box office successes of Jaws and Star Wars."
Spielberg's follow up, 1977's Close Encounters of the Third Kind was another staggering success, employing state of the art special effects to document its story of contact with alien life. In 1981 Spielberg's teamed up with Producer George Lucas and actor Harrison Ford and introduced the world to Indiana Jones, an archaeologist and intrepid adventurer that became the most popular screen hero since James Bond. The film Raiders of the Lost Ark went on to be one of the biggest hits of the decade and later sequels The Temple of Dome (1984) and The Last Crusade (1989) were launched, as well as a short-lived television series. Shortly after Raiders of the Last Ark, Spielberg released ET - The Extra Terrestrial in 1982. This science fiction classic about a boy, who befriends an alien, is often regarded as his Spielberg's greatest artistic achievement. ET became one of the most commercially successful movies of all time and at the time of its release was the highest-grossing film ever made