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The Rock-itt : October 2009
Popular Movies Directed -- Jaws, E.T, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan The director of the month is Steven Spielberg, one of the most recognisable filmmakers of all time. He has directed 40 films and his work has seen him clinch numerous awards including 3 Oscars, and 3 Golden Globes. Spielberg has a keen interest in films based on Sci- Fi, human struggles, and War. Even from a young age it seemed certain that Spielberg would grow up making films starting as a young boy making movies with his friends using an old 8mm film. He did suffer some setbacks though; on 3 separate occasions he failed to gain entry into University of Southern California School of theatre and film due to his C grade average. After attending California State University Spielberg took an internship at Universal Studios, he worked 7 days a week and was a guest in the editing department. Spielberg began his directing career in the early 60's writing and directing his own short, and low-budget films as well as directing episodes of notable television series including Columbo, but it wasn't until 1975 that Spielberg gained worldwide notoriety directing his first major film, Jaws. The thriller about a great white Shark terrorising a small community picked up 3 Oscars and made Spielberg a household name and one of the US's youngest multi- millionaires. Spielberg rejected offers to work on Jaws 2, a King Kong remake, and Superman to direct Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which he also wrote. This film was greatly inspired by one of his early low- budget films and also highlighted Spielberg's love of Sci-Fi films. After a short break from filmmaking Spielberg came back with a bang with 2 of his biggest films to date. In 1981 he joined forces with the creator of Star Wars George Lucas to make Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark. The story of the archaeologist teacher by day, explorer by night's search for the Ark of the Covenant was a huge hit and picked up 4 Oscars. Spielberg backed this up with E.T, the story of a stranded alien and his quest to return home with the help of Elliott and his siblings. After directing a segment in the film version of the popular TV program The Twilight Zone, Indiana Jones got its sequel, Temple of Doom. In 1985 Spielberg released The