Steven Spielberg And Duel: The Making Of A Film Career by Steven AwaltSteven Spielberg And Duel: The Making Of A Film Career by Steven Awalt

Steven Spielberg And Duel: The Making Of A Film Career

bySteven Awalt

Paperback | June 9, 2016

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Since the early 1970s, Steven Spielberg has directed more than two dozen films, many of which have achieved classic status. In addition to critical and commercial successes that include E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, and Lincoln, Spielberg's name has become synonymous with such thrilling adventure films as Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, and Minority Report. Before he became a world-renowned filmmaker, however, Spielberg established himself on television, helming episodes of Rod Serling's Night Gallery; Marcus Welby, M.D.; and Columbo. But it was the small-screen version of a Richard Matheson short story that brought the young director's work to the attention of critics and viewers alike. In Steven Spielberg and Duel: The Making of a Film Career, Steven Awalt provides an exhaustive study commemorating the film that decisively launched the career of a major film artist. Through in-depth research and interviews with the film's creative and technical crew, the author tracks the film from genesis through production to release. Awalt conducted lengthy one-on-one interviews with Spielberg, Matheson, assistant director James Fargo, editor Frank Morriss, composer Billy Goldenberg, former MCA/Universal president Sidney J. Sheinberg, and writer-producer Steven Bochco, among others.Spielberg provided access to many rare documents from his archives, including multiple drafts of Duel's teleplay, the shooting schedule, shooting logistics breakdowns, and production correspondence. The first book-length examination of this important production in the director's early career, Steven Spielberg and Duel also includes the original teleplay by Matheson, four additional scenes created for the international theatrical release of the film, photos, and storyboards of the film's final sequence. A fascinating look behind the scenes of an acclaimed work, this book will interest not only scholars and film historians but anyone interested in the work of Richard Matheson and Steven Spielberg.
Steven Awalt holds a master's degree in cinema studies from DePaul University. Writer, film historian, and noted authority on Steven Spielberg's career, Awalt appears in the retrospective documentary The Shark Is Still Working on the Blu-ray edition of Jaws.
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Title:Steven Spielberg And Duel: The Making Of A Film CareerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:354 pages, 9 × 5.91 × 1.01 inPublished:June 9, 2016Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442273267

ISBN - 13:9781442273269

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsChapter 1: It Began As It Would End - With a CrashChapter 2: Richard Matheson and "Duel": From Genesis to Short StoryChapter 3: Steven Spielberg, Universal Contract DirectorChapter 4: A Well-Oiled Machine: Pre-ProductionStoryboards for Duel Chapter 5: Duel in the Sun: The Production, The FilmChapter 6: Cutting to the Chase: Post-ProductionChapter 7: PremiereChapter 8: On the Road with DuelChapter 9: LegacyAppendix: Teleplay of Duel by Richard MathesonAdditional ScenesDuel MapsBibliographyAbout the Author

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[T]he author's exhaustive research taking in everything from Spielberg's unplanned cameo, fisticuffs in the dubbing room and the penny-pinching at Universal that led to footage being recycled in an episode of the live-action The Incredible Hulk TV show. Matheson's complete teleplay script and 25 pages of storyboards round out an indispensable purchase for any self-respecting fan.