"In the guide Mr. Spielberg discusses the painting 'Boy on High Dive,' in which a boy crouches on the end of a diving board, looking fretfully over the edge. 'For me, that picture represents every motion picture just before I commit to directing it -- just that one moment.'"
While the "fear" quote could likely be attributed to every filmmaker in history, Cieply backs his statement up by discussing Spielberg's upcoming slate of films. In 'Adventures of Tintin,' he will try to "communicate a stomach-churning sense of threat to a boy and his beast." The story of 'War Horse,' is about "a boy...who follows his horse into the carnage of World War I."
However, Spielberg points out -- via email to the writer -- that the films are "polar opposites." Still, that doesn't necessarily mean that fear isn't at the core of Spielberg's filmmaking. In the end, it comes down to something any creative person wants -- people who enjoy their work.
The Times piece also focuses on the awards side of Spielberg's movies, and how he is still trying to catch up to his peers like Francis Ford Coppola and Walt Disney.
'The Adventures of Tintin,' which has been getting rave reviews overseas, hits theaters in the U.S. on Dec. 21, while 'War Horse' follows four days later.
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