Irish Film Institute -A Celebration of Steven Spielberg’s Blockbuster Imagination

A Celebration of Steven Spielberg’s Blockbuster Imagination

IFI Press Release 4th Jan 2012
(Press contact: 01 679 5744)

Saving Private Ryan, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler’s List, Empire of the Sun, and the brand new War Horse – A celebration of Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster imagination

Jan 8th – 21st

One of the most successful, influential and, perhaps above all, popular filmmakers of all time; Steven Spielberg has consistently captured the imagination in a career spanning more than four decades. To accompany the release of his new film, War Horse, the IFI is screening a short season of Spielberg’s best-loved films, giving his countless fans a chance to see them back in the cinema and on the scale that they deserve.

The season highlights two of his recurrent themes, war and childhood; and reflects something of his intriguing duality as both an entertainer and chronicler. As an entertainer he’s created unforgettable heroes such as whip-cracking archaeologist Indiana Jones, shown here in Raiders of the Lost Ark in glorious 70mm, as well as tapping into our most primal fears in the archetypal shark attack movie Jaws, pitting flawed masculinity against one of nature’s most fearsome predators.

As a chronicler, Spielberg unflinchingly reconstructs 20th century horrors such as the destruction of the ghetto in Schindler’s List, World War II in the Pacific in Empire of the Sun, 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.

On Jan 14th at 3.10pm author and academic Neil Sinyard will examine Steven Spielberg’s extensive career, with an emphasis on the titles showing in this programme, including his latest epic, War Horse. The talk will be free though reservation through box office is advised.

Steven Spielberg Season Schedule:

Raiders of the Lost Ark Jan 8th 4.10pm & IFI Family Screening on Jan 29th 11am
Jaws Jan 13th 11pm (as an IFI Horrorthon double bill with a preview of Intruders) & 16th Jan 6.40pm
Empire of the Sun (70mm) Jan 14th 4pm
Schindler’s List Jan 15th 1pm
Saving Private Ryan Jan 21st 1pm

War Horse is screening as a new release at the IFI from Friday 13th Jan

Tickets are available from the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 or online at

For images and more information please contact Patrick Stewart at the IFI Press Office ( , 01 679 5744)

The IFI acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council.


The IFI is supported
by The Arts Council

Arts Council of Ireland