Must Watch: Spielberg, Scorsese & Lucas on the Future of Film in 1990

August 20, 2013
Source: The Film Stage

Scorsese, Spielberg, Lucas

There's no doubt that three of the most influential modern filmmakers in cinema's short history are Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. But how about we flashback to a time when some of the filmmakers' most iconic and praised projects were still in their future? Back when film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were still alive, there was barely a better source for relevant and timely film theory discussion and great talks from the most influential names in the industry. After all, this was before information spread quickly across the Internet. Thankfully, modern technology has afforded us quick and easy access to a TV special featuring a nearly hour-long discussion with the aforemention filmmaking trio.

Though it's 23-years old now, this is still one of the most fascinating discussions (via The Film Stage):

From future projects to developing technology and the state of film, there's so much good stuff in this discussion. Interestingly enough, Spielberg talks about a Howard Hughes biopic, though it would be Scorsese who would make The Aviator nearly 15 years later in 2004. Meanwhile, Scorsese shows off a clip from a working print of GoodFellas, which had yet to be released, and ponders a period drama, which would manifest itself in The Age of Innocence a few years later. Lucas talks about being a long way from returning to Star Wars, which would become a reality seven years later as he geared up for The Phantom Menace. So?

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Reader Feedback - 4 Comments


This was a beautiful archived interview session from Siskel and Ebert. Thanks so much Ethan for sharing!

Marcus on Aug 20, 2013


Great stuff, I love talking about what they predicted here and weighing it against how things have actually turned out.

Chris Groves on Aug 20, 2013


Why fast forward! Those commercials were awesome, especially seeing Orville Redonbacher was still alive.

Nick M. on Aug 20, 2013


haha the VCR fast forward is awesome!! Should've left em in! 🙂 Great video!

Buzzfunk on Aug 21, 2013

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