Check This Out: A List of Films You Must See to Work with Spielberg
Not just anyone gets to work with iconic filmmaker Steven Spielberg, let alone simply getting a meeting with the man behind such classics as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park and E.T. But aside from having a genuine filmmaker's eye and various levels of talent behind the camera like recent Spielberg collaborators J.J. Abrams, Peter Jackson, Mchael Bay and more, what else do you need to work with the master? Well, rumor has it there's a list of 206 films known as The Spielberg Curriculum that is said put together by Spielberg himself which he feels any aspiring filmmaker must see to work with him. More info below.
Now, I seriously doubt Spielberg tests filmmaker's on these films or sits with a checklist and asks every potential collaborator if he's seen each of the films on the list (though you never know), but in looking at the full list (which you can see as a Google doc right here), watching all of these films would be like having makeshift film school in your house. There's a good chance this list isn't even a real tool of Spielberg's and it's just a creation by another cinephile, but you can't deny that it's good advice to make sure you've seen films like Annie Hall, Double Indemnity, Breathless and The French Connection along with just one of Spielberg's own, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Personally, I'm embarrassed my count isn't higher.
If your own counts is under 50, you should probably get all of these in your Netflix Queue stat if you have any aspirations of working with Steven Spielberg. Thanks to GoIntoTheStory (via JoBlo) for originally sharing this neat list and giving everyone a whole bunch of great films to watch the rest of the summer. How many have you seen?