It turns out that these two legends have a lot in common.
There is a short, underrated program called James Cameron’s History of Science Fictionwhich aired on AMC and was not appreciated by enough people. During the show, Cameron and Spielberg sat down and talked about anything science fiction related. They revealed the influences and childhood trauma that made them the filmmakers they are today.
In perhaps the best and most insightful interview with both of them, each praises the generations that came before them and the impact they had on them as filmmakers. You can read a transcript of her interview in Metro Newsor watch the clips below.
I loved hearing how much respect these guys have for the previous generation. Cameron said, “Most filmmakers my age and younger would say that you were the guy right in front of them who blew them away and made them do what they do. You created a vision of cinema, which I believe didn’t exist. ” In front.”
And Spielberg replied, “Well there is always a man in front of all of us. There are quite a few people in front of me. George Pal, Stanley Kubrick. Willis O’Brien. I think what sparked my imagination as a kid was just fear. I had to do something to protect myself from everything I was afraid of, which almost everything was when it got dark. ”
When it comes to 2001: A Space OdysseyNo one could hold back her love and appreciation for Kubrick.
This really is a fun look at two masters talking about what made them the filmmakers we know. While neither of them work exclusively in science fiction, the idea of science fiction has helped shape their careers.
When it comes to their influences and those of the genre, I was particularly impressed by Spielberg’s appreciation of how much science fiction is actually about the current events of the day. From the red fear to the nuclear destruction of the 40s and 50s, to what Speilberg’s generation feared, with spacer exploration and moon landing.
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