Steven Spielberg’s cultural impact is unparalleled – from “Jaws” to “Jurassic Park,” his films have left a mark on generations for 50 years.
His new film, The Fabelmans, tells the childhood story of one of the most iconic directors who shaped our time.
Not only was it a family drama, it also portrayed the anti-Semitic abuse a young Spielberg faced.
Speaking at the film’s UK premiere, he told Sky News it was a question of going nowhere.
“It’s always been a worldwide problem because it’s certainly a systemic problem in all societies, not just in our country, even in the UK,” Spielberg76, said.
“But I think anti-Semitism has been on a steady rise since 2015.
“And there’s a lot of evidence that this isn’t going away anytime soon, which is scary.”
Fabelmans has been a hit, winning Best Feature Film and Best Director Golden Globes last weekand is expected to be shortlisted for the Baftas and Oscars.
But it’s a different story at the box office, taking in £16m so far, half of its £32m budget.
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Spielberg was open about what he thought was a problem with audiences: “I don’t feel like I’m really conveying the fact that I made a superhero movie,” he laughs.
“I think if I told people I made a superhero movie — and the superheroes were my mom and dad — we’d do a lot better at the U.S. box office.
“We hope we do better in the UK because we’ve now said to all of you: this is a superhero movie.”
“I’ve never made a movie like this before”
Viewers may feel like they know Spielberg, but he says it’s only now with the Fabelmans that he’s finally showing his truth on screen.
“A lot of people think they know me because they’ve seen my movies, they think they know me through my movies, but they don’t know me in any other way – by the way, I don’t know myself a lot of other Iterate,” he said.
“When I was making the film, I kind of went through that story, and I had to research, I had to learn a lot, but it didn’t often reflect who I was.”
He continued: “It’s a reflection of where my interests are, what my passions are, but it’s the first time I’ve ever made a film about something that actually happened to me, my three sisters and my mum and dad. Movie. “
With that honesty comes some emotional moments, as the family home and even his parents from childhood memories are recreated on set.
“I’ve never done a movie like this before,” Spielberg said.
“I’ve also never had the experience of making a film this emotional – right now, Schindler’s List is probably the most emotionally draining experience of my career – but in terms of family and personal reflection, To actually shoot a movie in a house that was a replica of the home I grew up in Arizona, there was nothing to challenge that.”
Fabelmans opens in UK theaters on January 27.