Steven Spielberg: Cathedrals of Emotion

J.G. Ballard once described Steven Spielberg’s films as “cathedrals of emotion.” For some critics that would be a definition of their weakness (the appeal to entiment more than intellect) but Ballard intended a compliment, celebrating the skill with which Spielberg could orchestrate dramatic fables that connected intimately with a mass audience without resorting to easy formulae. No one who swooned to the heart-warming fantasy of ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial’ could have predicted that the same director would make one of Hollywood’s most heroically harrowing films, ‘Schindler’s List’. In showcasing his new film, ‘War Horse’, this short season highlights two of his recurrent themes, war and childhood; and reflects something of his intriguing duality. The entertainer of ‘Jaws’ and ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ is also the chronicler who unflinchingly reconstructs 20th century horrors such as the destruction of the ghetto in ‘Schindler’s List’ or the carnage of the D-Day landings in ‘Saving Private Ryan’. The man who has made some of the best-loved popular films of all time has also not shirked from showing the appalling behavioural extremes of which humanity in its darkest moments is capable. We have not yet got the full measure of Steven Spielberg. Introduction and notes on individual films by Neil Sinyard.

Programme

  • RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
    • Sunday 8th January 2012
      14.10
  • JAWS
    • Friday 13th January 2012
      23.00
    • Monday 16th January 2012
      18.40
  • WAR HORSE
    • Friday 13th January 2012
      13.40|15.00|20.10
    • Saturday 14th January 2012
      14.00|17.10|20.10
    • Sunday 15th January 2012
      14.00|17.10|20.10
    • Monday 16th January 2012
      13.50|15.00|20.15
    • Tuesday 17th January 2012
      13.40|15.00|20.10
    • Wednesday 18th January 2012
      13.50|15.00|20.10
    • Thursday 19th January 2012
      13.40|14.30|20.20
    • Friday 20th January 2012
      13.40|20.10
    • Saturday 21st January 2012
      20.20
    • Sunday 22nd January 2012
      13.40|20.10
    • Monday 23rd January 2012
      13.40|20.20
    • Tuesday 24th January 2012
      13.40|20.10
    • Wednesday 25th January 2012
      13.40|20.10
    • Thursday 26th January 2012
      13.40|20.10
    • Friday 27th January 2012
      18.10
    • Saturday 28th January 2012
      18.10
    • Sunday 29th January 2012
      18.10
    • Monday 30th January 2012
      18.10
    • Tuesday 31st January 2012
      18.10
    • Wednesday 1st February 2012
      18.10
    • Thursday 2nd February 2012
      18.10
  • EMPIRE OF THE SUN (70MM)
    • Saturday 14th January 2012
      16.00
  • TALK ON STEVEN SPIELBERG
    • Saturday 14th January 2012
      15.10
  • SCHINDLER’S LIST
    • Sunday 15th January 2012
      13.00
  • SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
    • Saturday 21st January 2012
      13.00

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