Spielberg Chooses Art Over Biography to Elevate The Fabelmans

In Analysis by Michael Rae

After making 37 movies, Steven Spielberg could be excused for making a self-indulgent movie. As an aspiring filmmaker in an age when most people saw “moving pictures” as entertainment and not real art, he would naturally feel out of step. Now, with his movies grossing $10 billion, Spielberg works from a platform that would allow him to tell a straightforward biographical story of a young Jewish kid growing up to become an auteur filmmaker. It would probably make money, too.
But then, this kind of pedestrian storytelling would not be a Steven Spielberg film. Just about any director could tell this story. Spielberg, however,

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