I’ve got this preoccupation with ordinary people pursued by large forces

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Every film I find out a little more about myself

Spielberg’s examination of irresponsible parent figures and broken families, from The Sugarland Express to Schindler’s List, has led him to film terrifying images of the primal trauma of children being separated from their parents, and to explore the unbearable grief on both sides. The irrational behavior, even madness, that can result from such trauma is the profoundly unsettling emotional core of The Sugarland Express.

“Every film I find out a little more about myself,” Spielberg said after completing Sugarland. “I’ve discovered I’ve got this preoccupation with ordinary people pursued by large forces. A personal movie for me is one about people with obsessions.”

Steven Spielberg
from Steven Spielberg: A Biography, 1999
by Joseph McBride

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