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Sandra Wollner on Berlin A.I. Drama ‘The Trouble With Being Born’

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Sandra Wollner on Berlin A.I. Drama ‘The Trouble With Being Born’
At first glance Elli appears to be a normal young girl living with her single father, spending idle afternoons lazing by a sunlit pool. But a disturbing reality is soon revealed: Elli is actually an android whose memories were programmed by the man she lovingly calls “Daddy.” Before long the true nature of their relationship becomes apparent, until the night Elli sets off to follow a ghostly echo into the woods.

The Trouble With Being Born” is the unsettling second feature from Austrian director Susan Wollner, who won the German Film Critics’ Award in 2019 for “The Impossible Picture.” An eerie, metaphysical exploration of the identities we create for ourselves, and how they can come unraveled, pic plays in the Encounters section of the Berlin Film Festival.

Wollner spoke to Variety the morning after the world premiere about the isolation of living in a world that’s growing increasingly virtual. She
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Warner Bros Enlists AI Specialist Cinelytic To Help Shape Film Decisions – CES

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Warner Bros Enlists AI Specialist Cinelytic To Help Shape Film Decisions – CES
Warner Bros, which nearly 20 years ago released A.I. Artificial Intelligence, is bringing futuristic tech tools into its everyday operations, enlisting a customized AI platform recently introduced by La tech firm Cinelytic.

The companies announced an agreement Wednesday during CES in Las Vegas, where WarnerMedia has a significant presence this year. It is leveraging HBO’s Westworld to plant a flag at the tech confab. Two of its top executives spoke Tuesday about the May launch of streaming service HBO Max.

Cinelytic, which has gotten buy-ins from other film entities since rolling out its new project management system last year, will aim to “inform decision making around content and talent valuation to support release strategies.” Its system will be used “throughout the content value chain,” according to the official announcement.

According to Cinelytic, the sheer amount and scope of data and insights in its platform will “reduce executives’ time spent on low-value,
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John Williams on the Evolution of the Musical Themes of Star Wars

John Williams is the composer behind the iconic music from movies that include Jaws, Superman, the Indiana Jones films, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Home Alone, Hook, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, the Harry Potter films, and so many more, but maybe the most recognizable and beloved are the themes to the Star Wars film franchise. He’s been composing the musical scores since the first film in 1977, and is composing the music for the final film, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

As he closes the book on this final chapter, he spoke with CBSNews about the evolution of the music and how the twist that took the fans by surprise also necessitated Williams change his musical trajectory for the films. But he’s such a pro, he took it in stride and made it work. Although when he created the score for the first film,
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Will Joey King (‘The Act’) follow in big sis Hunter King’s Emmy footsteps? Hunter won twice for ‘Young and the Restless’

Will Joey King (‘The Act’) follow in big sis Hunter King’s Emmy footsteps? Hunter won twice for ‘Young and the Restless’
At just 19 years old, Joey King earned an Emmy nomination for Best Movie/Mini Actress for her role in the Hulu anthology series “The Act.” But she’s actually not the first member of her family to make the cut at the Emmys. Her older sister Hunter King has two trophies on her mantel for her work in daytime TV as Summer Newman on “The Young and the Restless.”

The King sibs are young adults now, but they have been acting since they were children. Hunter got her start in the 2000s with guest-starring roles in shows like “Roswell,” “Dexter” and “ER,” in addition to a big-screen appearance in Steven Spielberg’s “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.” She got a big break in 2012 (when she was still a teenager) by joining the cast of “Y&r” as Summer Newman, the daughter of Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) and Nick (Joshua Morrow). That role has
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Here’s What’s New to Netflix in June 2019

Netflix has announced the new titles arriving to their streaming service in June 2019. As always, there’s loads of Netflix Originals which may be good or bad but serve their purpose of being Content. Notable titles arriving in June include Black Mirror: Season 5, Documentary Now!: Season 3, Grey’s Anatomy: Season 15, Neon Genesis Evangelion, 20th Century Women, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Batman Begins, Good Night, and Good Luck, Cabaret, Magic Mike, Network, Platoon, and The Dark Knight. Check out the full list of new titles below and …
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Korea’s BiFan Fantasy Festival to Focus on Sci-Fi

Korea’s BiFan Fantasy Festival to Focus on Sci-Fi
Sci-fi will be center stage at South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Asia’s largest genre film event. The ten-day film festival will run from Jun. 27 through Jul. 7.

Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” inspired the festival’s official artwork this year. The film will also play in special program ‘Robots: Future Beyond the Human Race’ along with Steven Spielberg’s “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” and Fred M. Wilcox’s “Forbidden Planet.”

The festival opens, a few weeks earlier than its traditional mid-July slot, with the Asian premiere of Edgar Nito’s “The Gasoline Thieves.” Korean period mystery drama “The 12th Suspect” by Ko Myoung-sung will close the festival, which packs in 288 films from 49 countries.

“BiFan has decided to gear itself for the coming 100 years of Korean cinema, instead of looking back on the past 100 years. We will take the head in nurturing the next NaWoon-gyu, Kim Ki-young, Yu Hyun-mok,
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Rushes. Shaw Brothers Marathon, The L.A. Rebellion Returns, New Trailers

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NEWSCharles Burnett's Killer of SheepTwo exciting stories involving two forerunners of the L.A. Rebellion: Charles Burnett is set to direct the film Steal Away, about the escape of former slave-turned-politician Robert Smalls; while Julie Dash will be helming Lionsgate's Angela Davis biopic. GammaRay and Celestial pictures will be hosting a Shaw Brothers movie marathon on Twitch that will continue from February 4 to February 8. The globally-streaming marathon includes 44 full-length features from the Shaw Brothers’ catalog, so make sure to clear your calendars! Recommended VIEWINGThe release of Harmony Korine's long awaited follow-up to his lightening-in-a-bottle movie Spring Breakers is finally near. Here's a new trailer for the Miami-set, Matthew McConaughey-starring odyssey.A lovely miniature play with form: the U.S. trailer for Hong Sang-soo's Hotel by the River. Meanwhile, we are currently running a retrospective of Hong's films in the UK entitled Solving Puzzles: The Cinema of Hong Sang-soo.
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Sony Hires Industry Veteran Bill Ireton As Head Of Local Production, Japan

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Exclusive: Sony has made a key offshore hire, appointing William (Bill) Ireton as Head of Local Production Japan, Sony Pictures International Productions. Ireton is a respected industry veteran who is a former President and CEO of Warner Entertainment Japan.

Japan is the No. 3 theatrical market with almost half of the box office generated by local titles. Laine Kline, Head of Sony Pictures International Productions, calls it “a major priority for our group. Sanford [Panitch, President of Columbia Pictures] and I could not be more excited to have Bill build our local production team in Japan bringing his vast experience and strong relationships in the Japanese filmmaking community.”

Ireton spent much of his career with Warner Bros Japan, working with the group for 26 years. He was appointed President and CEO of Warner Entertainment Japan in 2006 and had broad oversight of the studio’s businesses there, including theatrical production, marketing and distribution, television distribution, home entertainment including digital distribution,
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Jude Law movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley,’ ‘Cold Mountain,’ ‘Sherlock Holmes’

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Jude Law movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley,’ ‘Cold Mountain,’ ‘Sherlock Holmes’
Academy Award nominated actor Jude Law celebrates his 46th birthday on December 29, 2018. Law has had a unique career in that he has managed to possess the looks of a leading man sex symbol but has still managed to always be regarded as a serious actor and not fall into the trap of just being a pretty face who plays standard action hero type roles.

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Law was born in Greenwich, England to parents who were both teachers. He showed an early interest in acting and joined the prestigious National Youth Theater as a teenager. After a few appearances in small films and on stage, Law found his breakthrough role in a production of Jean Cocteau‘s play Les Parents Terribles which won him a number of Best Newcomer Awards from London critics. Such was his acclaim that when the play was
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Jude Law movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Jude Law movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Academy Award nominated actor Jude Law celebrates his 46th birthday on December 29, 2018. Law has had a unique career in that he has managed to possess the looks of a leading man sex symbol but has still managed to always be regarded as a serious actor and not fall into the trap of just being a pretty face who plays standard action hero type roles.

Law was born in Greenwich, England to parents who were both teachers. He showed an early interest in acting and joined the prestigious National Youth Theater as a teenager. After a few appearances in small films and on stage, Law found his breakthrough role in a production of Jean Cocteau‘s play Les Parents Terribles which won him a number of Best Newcomer Awards from London critics. Such was his acclaim that when the play was remounted on Broadway (with its name changed to “Indiscretions”), Law
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Filmmaker Tony Kaye Casts Robot As Lead Actor In Next Feature

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Filmmaker Tony Kaye Casts Robot As Lead Actor In Next Feature
Exclusive: As the advancement of technology continues to replace the need for human labor, American History X director Tony Kaye is undertaking a new — and maybe controversial — step in filmmaking by employing an Artificial Intelligent (A.I.) actor as the lead in his next film, 2nd Born.

Unlike Robin Williams’ 1999 film Bicentennial Man or the Steven Spielberg-directed A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Kaye is aiming to cast a real robot, who will be trained in different acting methods and techniques. The idea, which originated from Kaye and producer Sam Khoze, is to forgo the use of computer-generated effects in favor of a physical A.I. robot as an actor, who they are hoping will get SAG recognition.

2nd Born is the sequel to 1st Born, an indie comedy directed by Ali Atshani and starring Val Kilmer, Tom Berenger, Greg Grunberg, Jay Abdo, Taylor Cole, Reza Sixo Safai, William Baldwin, Denise Richards and Robert Knepper.
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Here’s What You Can Stream With Your Amazon Prime Membership in May

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New titles available to stream with your Amazon Prime membership next month include Season 5 of BBC’s “Orphan Black,” and several new Amazon Original series, including “Last Flag Flying,” “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” and “Diablo Guardian.”

Movies available include 2017’s “Baywatch,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” and “Rocky” I through V. Beginning May 1, you’ll also be able to rent “Annihilation,” “12 Strong,” James Corden’s “Peter Rabbit” and “Fifty Shades Freed.”

See the full list below. For our May Hulu roundup, head over here.

Also Read: 'Westworld' Creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's New Sci-Fi Series 'The Peripheral' Lands at Amazon

Available May 1

3 Ways to Get a Husband (2009)

40 Days and 40 Nights (2002)

A Very Brady Sequel (1996)

A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

Baby Boom (1987)

Back to School (1986)

Bad News Bears (1976)

Barefoot (2014)

Beyond Borders (2003)

Blame (2017)

Brother Nature (2016)

Bull Durham (1988)

Cool World (1992)

Cyborg (1989)

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Dr. No (1962)

Eight Men Out (1988)

Elizabethtown (2005)

Evolution (2001)

Foxfire (1996)

Frailty (2001)

From Russia with Love (1964)

Gator (1976)

Ghost Town (2008)

Goat (2016)

Goldfinger (1964)

Holy Air (2017)

Hot Boyz (2000)

Immigration Tango (2011)

Insomnia (2002)

Iron Eagle IV: On the Attack (1999)

Kalifornia (1993)

Live and Let Die (1973)

Love Is A Gun (1994)

Also Read: Amazon in Talks to Develop Series About Young Moammar Gadhafi's Rise to Power in Libya

Manhunter (1986)

Men with Brooms (2002)

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Never Say Never Again (1983)

New Rose Hotel (1999)

Ninja Masters (2009)

Octopussy (1983)

Outcast (2014)

Perfect Score (2004)

Perfume: Story of a Murderer (2006)

Psychopaths (2017)

Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (1977)

Rocky (1976)

Rocky II (1979)

Rocky III (1982)

Rocky IV (1985)

Rocky V (1990)

Sabrina (1995)

Saturday Church (2017)

School Ties (1992)

Set Up (2011)

Starting Out in the Evening (2007)

Strategic Air Command (1955)

The Benchwarmers (2006)

The Benefactor (2015)

The Box (2007)

The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)

The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)

The Crow (1994)

The Elephant Man (1980)

The Golden Compass (2007)

The Hangman (1959)

The House I Live In (2013)

The Hurt Locker (2008)

The Last Castle (2001)

Also Read: Amazon Studios Shakes Up Under Jennifer Salke: Albert Cheng Named Co-Head of TV

The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

The Saint (1997)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Thief (1981)

Thirst Street (2017)

Thunderball (1965)

Twisted (2004)

Untamed Heart (1993)

Wild Thornberrys (2002)

Wish Upon a Star (1996)

Wonder Boys (2000)

You Only Live Twice (1967)

Aristocrats: Limited Series

Banished: Limited Series

Charles II – The Power and The Passion: Limited Series

Daniel Deronda: Limited Series

David Copperfield: Limited Series

Desperate Romantics: Limited Series

Ivanhoe: Limited Series

Jane Eyre (1983): Limited Series

Jane Erye (2006): Limited Series

Life in Squares: Limited Series

Little Dorrit: Limited Series

Lorna Doone: Limited Series

Love in A Cold Climate: Limited Series

Mansfield Park: Limited Series

Martin Chuzzlewit: Limited Series

Middlemarch: Limited Series

Oliver Twist (1985): Limited Series

Oliver Twist (2007): Limited Series

Our Mutual Friend: Limited Series

Pride and Prejudice: Limited Series

Sense and Sensibility (1981): Limited Series

Sense and Sensibility (2008): Limited Series

Sinbad: Limited Series

Tess of the D’Urbervilles: Limited Series

The Buccaneers: Limited Series

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Limited Series

The Lost World: Limited Series

The Office: Limited Series

The Pickwick Papers: Limited Series

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall: Limited Series

The Way We Live Now: Limited Series

Tom Jones: Limited Series

Vanity Fair (1998): Limited Series

Available May 4

Last Flag Flying

Available May 5

Warrior (2011)

Diablo Guardian (Prime Original series), Season 1

Available May 11

Rocky & Bullwinkle (Prime Original series), Season 1

Available May 12

Baywatch (2017)

Still Mine (2012)

Orphan Black, Season 5

Available May 15

How to Be a Latin Lover (2017)

Available May 18

You Are Wanted (Prime Original series), Season 2

Available May 19

Beatriz at Dinner (2017)

Shooters (2003)

Available May 22

Dino Dana (Prime Original series), Season 2

Available May 23

Beast of Burden (2018)

Available May 25

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Prime Original series), Season 1

Available May 27

Just Getting Started (2017)

The Wedding Plan (2016)

Available May 29

Howards End, Season 1

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‘Ready Player One’ would be first Steven Spielberg film since ‘Jurassic Park’ to score Best Visual Effects Oscar

‘Ready Player One’ would be first Steven Spielberg film since ‘Jurassic Park’ to score Best Visual Effects Oscar
Starting with “Close Encounter of the Third Kind” (1977), nine films directed by Steven Spielberg have earned Oscar nominations in Best Visual Effects. This year, with the CGI extravaganza “Ready Player One,” a 10th Spielberg picture is poised to contend in this category.

The film, based on Ernest Cline‘s eponymous novel, finds earth on the verge of collapse in the year 2045. Providing the human race a distraction is Oasis, a virtual reality universe created by the oddball James Halliday (Mark Rylance). Prior to his death, Halliday devised a three-part contest which, if won, will provide the lucky champion with Halliday’s fortune and exclusive control over Oasis. Among those competing for this glory is young wannabe-hero Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan). After Wade emerges the first conqueror of part one of the contest, he collaborates with friends on the dizzying journey to winning the remaining two parts.

Of the film’s visual effects,
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Ready Player One Reveals All-New Footage in New Video Sneak Peek

Warner Bros. released a new sneak peek at Ready Player One, which explores the cinematic legacy of director Steven Spielberg. Author Ernest Cline, who wrote the novel that the movie adaptation is based on. The author reveals that he was raised on a steady diet of Steven Spielberg films and if it wasn't for his films, the book likely wouldn't have happened.

From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure "Ready Player One," based on Ernest Cline's bestseller of the same name. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the Oasis, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the Oasis, sparking a
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Oscar Nominated Make-Up Artist Greg Nelson Discusses Mercy Christmas and More

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What do projects such as Batman Returns, The Rocketeer, Dad, Death Becomes Her, Star Trek: Voyager, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Tropic Thunder all have in common? Oscar nominated and two time Emmy winning make-up artist Greg Nelson. To say that Nelson is a veteran in the industry is an understatement, […]

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The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us

The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us
“Blade Runner 2049” is going to struggle to make it past the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, hardly the response Warner Bros. was looking for given the film’s estimated $300 million production and marketing budget. In a way, the odds were always against “2049” given that its predecessor was also a financial disappointment and only went on to become a cult classic with a very specific demographic of moviegoers. “Blade Runner” is no multi-generational favorite a la “Star Wars” or “Jurassic Park.”

But while the sequel is a box office dud, it’s unquestionably a huge step in the right direction for studio filmmaking.

Read More: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Was Never Going to Be a Blockbuster, But It Can Become Something Cooler: a Cult Classic

In a blockbuster age dominated by comic book fare and endless cash-grabbing sequels, it has become increasingly rare to see a big-budget studio film
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The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Florida Project,” which has just started its platform release across the country, what is the greatest child performance in a film?

Jordan Hoffman (@JHoffman), The Guardian, Vanity Fair

I can agonize over this question or I can go at this Malcolm Gladwell “Blink”-style. My answer is Tatum O’Neal in “Paper Moon.” She’s just so funny and tough, which of course makes the performance all the more heartbreaking. She won the freaking Oscar at age 10 for this and I’d really love to give a more deep cut response, but why screw around? Paper Moon is a perfect film and she is the lynchpin.
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‘Spielberg’ Review: Star-Studded HBO Documentary Gets Personal, But You’ll Learn More From His Movies

‘Spielberg’ Review: Star-Studded HBO Documentary Gets Personal, But You’ll Learn More From His Movies
Steven Spielberg is a director who likes to push himself, but doesn’t like to be pushed. The Oscar-winning helmer says as much himself in Susan Lacy’s new documentary, “Spielberg.”

When discussing “The Color Purple,” Spielberg mentions how he “got in trouble” from film critics for not taking the romantic relationship between Celie (Whoopi Goldberg) and Shug (Margaret Avery) far enough. His explanation: “I might’ve done that had I made the move 10 years later. I was just timid,” he says. “I was a little embarrassed. I just wasn’t the right guy to do that.”

Later, while examining “Schindler’s List,” Steven’s sister Anne Spielberg said, “He had the book for over 10 years, and if anyone pushed him on it, he said, ‘I’ll know when it’s time.’ And then the time came.”

To be fair, he was right — he knew the right time to make
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Ahna O'Reilly in First Full Trailer for Sleepwalking Thriller 'Sleepwalker'

"What if you woke up in another world." Yeah, what if?! MarVista Entertainment has revealed an official trailer for an indie thriller titled Sleepwalker, described as a "Twilight Zone-esque" story about a woman troubled by bouts of sleepwalking and disturbing nightmares. Ahna O'Reilly stars as Sarah, a graduate student, who wakes up in a slightly different version of her world every time she sleepwalks. With the help of sleep researcher Scott White, she tries to work her way back to the reality she started in. The cast includes Richard Armitage (from The Hobbit!), Haley Joel Osment (from A.I.!), Izabella Scorupco, Kevin Zegers, and Rachel Melvin. This doesn't look that great, especially with that Flatliners remake this year. Here's the official trailer (+ two posters) for Elliott Lester's Sleepwalker, direct from YouTube: Troubled by bouts of sleepwalking and disturbing nightmares, graduate student Sarah Foster (Ahna O'Reilly) goes to her university sleep research center for help.
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Star Struck: "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" at 40

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In the cinema of Steven Spielberg, to say nothing of the cinema of science fiction, of Hollywood, and of practical effects, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) is a landmark, like the silhouette of a small mountain in the night skyline. Spielberg’s Duel (1971), carried over from television to movie theaters, was a wisp of a story elevated by its visual dynamism. His theatrical debut, The Sugarland Express (1974), was another 70s American road movie, notable today for the way it combines the appealing grit of the New Hollywood (and of Duel) with a much warmer, more charitable view of America and its culture. It contains the director’s first broken family unit—a key theme in his career—and was his first film scored by John Williams, even if it has almost none of the Williams trademarks. Jaws (1975) was the breakout smash, a lurid bucket-of-blood movie turned into a light day-at-the-beach movie,
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