HBO’s highly anticipated Steven Spielberg documentary premieres Saturday, October 7th. Directed by Susan Lacy, the creator of the PBS series American Masters, Spielberg chronicles the 50-year career of America’s most beloved director. Spielberg himself was interviewed for more than 30 hours for the film, and it also features interviews with nearly every person he has ever worked with.
The synopsis reads as follows: “Susan Lacy’s Spielberg traces the private, public, and artistic development of one of cinema’s true giants, from his early love of moviemaking as a kid growing up in all-American suburbia, through his sudden rise to superstardom with Jaws, to his establishment of a film-and-TV empire with DreamWorks and beyond. All along the way, Spielberg has approached every new film as if it were his first. Featuring interviews with friends and contemporaries in the ‘New Hollywood’ (Francis Coppola, Brian De Palma, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese); key artistic collaborators (including Tom Hanks, John Williams, longtime DP Janusz Kami?ski); and, the film’s most touching presences, Spielberg’s beloved sisters and parents, Arnold and Leah.”
Some of the names appearing in Spielberg include: Martin Scorsese, Liam Neeson, Leonardo DiCaprio, J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes, Harrison Ford, David Geffen, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Holly Hunter, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ben Kingsley, Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas, Oprah Winfrey, and Robert Zemeckis.