Friday, October 15, 2004


An intriguing evolutionary process is occurring in the filmmaking style of Steven Spielberg. I viewed "A. I." and "Minority Report" on DVD last night and was struck by how he had evolved from "Jaws" to "Schindler's List" to these futuristic drama. He's grown old, like all of us, and the maturing process is affecting his choice of materials and focus. Both "AI" and "MR" have a keen angle on the relationship between man and technology. In the past, like many self-conscious Hollywood filmmakers, Spielberg stuck to the old adage: try not to let technology overwhelm art. In both "AI" and "MR", he seems to be saying that there is no shame in flaunting technology and that the latter has an artistic component in it as well.

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