Watch “Magic and Light”, The Work of Spielberg Dissected
From the ‘Golden Group‘ of directors that rebuilt the Hollywood System in the 70s and became ‘cult filmmakers’ adored by the following generations, Steven Spielberg might be the one that divides people the most. Too mainstream, too successful, too ‘all over the place’, too sentimental, too patriotic, many feel uneasy in their ‘cinephile’ chore and only approve him from the tip of their lips, because it’s hard to sustain the argument Spielberg has only done mediocre movies after scanning his filmography.
Thanks to Press Play and Matt Zoller Seitz, whose previous work about Terrence Malick or Wes Anderson you are probably familiar with, you can now watch “Magic and Light: The Films of Steven Spielberg“, an in-depth analysis of Spielberg’s work and have a better understanding and a global vision of the man’s accomplishment.
Divided into 6 Chapters (the first one being a general Introduction), Magic and Light‘s content and quality doesn’t depart from what Press Play’s productions had us used to before. Here is how the analytical documentary is described on IndieWire:
This series examines facets of Spielberg’s movie career, including his stylistic evolution as a director, his depiction of violence, his interest in communication and language, his portrayal of authority and evil, and the importance of father figures — both present and absent — throughout his work.
For what must be technical reasons, some chapters are themselves divided into several videos (up to four parts for chapter 4), which asks for a lot of clicks (in a world where we always want to click and wait less) but don’t get discouraged and go through it, just like with the excellent Lost Ark Behind the Scene, a lot will be shown under a new light.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Blood and Pulp
Chapter 3: Communication
Chapter 4: Evil and Authority
Chapter 5: Father Figures
Chapter 6: Indiana Jones and the Story of Life
Magic and Light is produced by Matt Zoller Seitz and coproduced and narrated by Ali Arikan. Individual episodes were written by Seitz, Arikan, Simon Abrams and Aaron Aradillas, and cut by Steven Santos, Serena Bramble, Matt Zoller Seitz, Richard Seitz and Kevin B. Lee.