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  1. Introduction
  2. Background
    1. A victim of anti Semitic abuse
    2. His inclination towards directing films about the loss of innocence
  3. His work
    1. The 1985 movie The Color Purple
    2. The movie Schindler's List
    3. His realization that being mindful does not always yield the best results
    4. His partiality towards making World War Two films
  4. Conclusion

Steven Spielberg, one of the most influential film personalities of all time and the highest paid director in modern Hollywood, produced and directed many films about the Holocaust and World War Two. Even though Spielberg was born a few years after World War Two ended, having a strong Jewish background compelled him to make films and T.V. shows such as Schindler's List, Empire of the Sun, Band of Brothers, The Pacific, A Holocaust Szemei, and Saving Private Ryan. Making these films and shows helped Spielberg acquire respect for himself and his Jewish background, which he had lacked during his childhood.Born in 1946, Spielberg grew up a victim of anti-Semitic abuse from other students at school. Children would mutter ?Jew? whenever they passed Spielberg in the hallways and they would throw pennies at him, hoping he would pick them up and prove how ?miserly? Jews were.

[...] this film has kind of come along with me on this journey from shame to honor. My mother said to me one day, she said, really want to be able to see a movie that you make someday that's sort of about us, and about, you know, who we are.' This is it. This is for her.? Following his realization that being mindful does not always yield the best results in film, Spielberg decided to be intuitive for the very first time in his film career. [...]


[...] I really wanted to challenge myself with something that was not stereotypically a Spielberg movie.? In 1985, Spielberg directed The Color Purple, but it yielded negative reviews because some critics felt that the content of the film was not faithful to Alice Walker's novel, and that it fit Hollywood's standards so much that it left behind the gritty reality of poverty and racial issues, therefore losing the strongest aspect of the story. His subsequent dramatic films, Empire of the Sun and Always were among his least successful efforts. [...]

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