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Steven SpielbergA Biography, Second Edition$
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Joseph McBride

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604738360

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.001.0001

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“A Hell of a Big Break”

“A Hell of a Big Break”

(p.135) Seven “A Hell of a Big Break”
Steven Spielberg

Joseph McBride

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter traces Spielberg’s unconventional path to becoming a professional filmmaker. Spielberg never attended film school. Universal Studios served as his training ground, which gave him an education that, paradoxically, was both more personal and more conventional than he would have received in an academic environment. Spielberg’s early years at Universal helped shape his distinctive personality as a filmmaker, not only by honing his organizational skills and technical expertise, but also by strengthening his instinctive affinity for popular filmmaking.

Keywords:   Steven Spielberg, film training, film school, Universal Studios

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