Sunday, December 18, 2011

Happy Birthday, Steven

Today in 1946 Steven Spielberg was born.

Back in January 1978 Martin Gardner wrote this for The New York Review of Books, reviewing Close Encounters of the Third Kind:
"It is fashionable now to describe Spielberg as a terribly gifted but innocent prodigy, bug-eyed with wonder and lost in the Ozzy worlds of modern technology and the silver screen. It will be interesting, concluded Newsweek, to watch him grow up. Yes. And the more he grows the less likely he'll make another blockbuster."
Well... like that movie or not, you have to admit: Either Spielberg never grew up, or Gardner was dead wrong.

(Here's the review, but it costs money to read it.)

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