Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2022. The movie is scheduled for a limited theatrical release by Universal Pictures in the United States on November 11, 2022. It will make a worldwide release on November 23, 2022.

The movie is a semi-autobiographical inspired by Spielberg’s childhood in Arizona and his dream of becoming a filmmaker. 

Who is Steven Spielberg?

Steven Spielberg is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He was born on December 18, 1946, in Cincinnati, Ohio. His mother, Leah was a concert pianist, and his father, Arnold Spielberg was an electrical engineer. Spielberg has three younger sisters, Anne, Nancy, and Sue. 

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Spielberg attended Hebrew school from 1953 to 1957. In early 1957, his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. At the age of 12, he made his first home movie, a train wreck involving his toy Lionel trains. In 1958, he made a nine-minute, 8mm film The Last Gunfight using his father’s movie camera. At 13, he made a 49-minute war film, Escape to Nowhere. The movie won first prize in a statewide competition. 

Throughout his early teens, Spielberg made about 15 to 28mm adventure films. He attended Arcadia High School in 1961. He wrote and directed his first independent movie in 1963, called Firelight. The film was funded by his father and had a budget of $600. The movie was shown in a local theater for one evening. 

Spielberg started working as an unpaid assistant at Universal Studios’ editorial department in 1964. His family moved to Saratoga, California where he attended Saragota High School and graduated in 1965. Spielberg applied and enrolled at Californian State University, Long Beach. 

Universal Studios gave him an opportunity in 1968 to write and direct a short film for theatrical release. He was offered a seven-year directing contract by Studio’s vice president Sidney Sheinberg. A year later, he dropped out of college and began directing television productions for Universal. He returned to college in 2002 and co pleated his Bachelor of Arts in Film and Electronics Media. 

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Spielberg was hired for his first professional job to direct one segment for the 1969 pilot episode of Night Gallery. He made his directorial movie debut with The Sugarland Express in 1974. He then directed Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977, which was a box office success. In the early 1980s, Spielberg befriended Warner Media CEO, Steve Ross. This resulted in him making films for Warner Bros. 

This started with The Colour Purple in 1985 and Empire of the Sun in 1987. The movies were Spielberg’s foray into the dramatic genre. He then directed the science fiction thriller Jurassic Park in 1993. It was the highest-grossing film ever at that time. He directed the Holocaust drama Schindler’s List in 1993, described as one of the greatest films ever made. 

In 1998, Spielberg directed Saving Private Ryan. He continued directing science fiction, including A.I Artificial Intelligence (2001), Minority Report (2002), and War of the Worlds (2005). He also directed children’s adventure films The Adventures of Tintin (2011), The BFG (2016), and Ready Player One (2018). Some of his historical dramas include Amistad (1997), Munich (2005), War House (2011), Lincoln (2012), Bridge of Spies (2015), and The Post (2017). 

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Spielberg co-founded Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks. He has been conferred with three Academy Awards including two Best Director wins, a Kennedy Centre honor, and an AFI Life Achievement Award.