In Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg features a chaotic car race that’s set in a virtual world called Liberty Island. This essay explores how the sequence speaks to Spielberg’s critical view of the United States
With Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg returns to the style of film-making he made his name with and creates a sweet, exciting and visually-stunning exploration of the relationship between artists and their audience
In his film about the Washington Post’s expose of the Pentagon Papers, Steven Spielberg creates one of his most rebellious films to date and uses locations and spaces to explore the dynamics of power.
Steven Spielberg often uses symbolic objects to explore the act of remembrance in his historical films. This essay explores how by analysing Empire of the Sun, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan and War Horse.
Steven Spielberg explores virtual worlds, escapism and the problems they create throughout his work. With reference to a number of his best-known films, this in-depth essay explores how and why he does it.
Throughout his work, Steven Spielberg has sought to give kids control. In this post, I look at how he does that by imbuing objects with a sense of wonder and magic that only children can comprehend.
The BFG is an intimate and poetic film about dreams, memory and storytelling. This essay looks at how Spielberg explores all three in his melancholic adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel.
Upon release, Bridge of Spies was described as an idealistic throwback drama. However, there’s much more to the film than that, and this essay explore what the film says about the corruption of American democracy.
Schindler’s List was described as a departure for Spielberg, but in it he maintains many key elements. This essay explores how Spielberg filtered the Holocaust through his personal life to make an important statement.
Growing up, Steven Spielberg suffered from bullying and anti-Semitic abuse, and felt alienated from the world around him as a result. In this essay, I explore how his films discuss loneliness and offer a route out of it.
Steven Spielberg is a keen fan and collector of Norman Rockwell, and has referenced some of the painter’s work in his film. This essay explores those references and what they mean.
During the 80s, Spielberg was seen by critics as an ambassador of patriotic, Reaganite entertainment. However, his film-making has always shown a deep discomfort with American life.