Introduction: Setting the Scene

  • James Mairata
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Abstract

Now well into his fifth decade as a film director, Steven Spielberg has established himself as the world’s most popular and financially successful feature filmmaker and various box office statistics illustrate this dominance. Six of the films he has directed feature in the all-time top 100 box office revenue list including two in the top ten (Box Office Mojo 2017). Jaws (1975), his second feature as director, was the first film to make 100 million dollars at the United States box office in its initial release while the huge profits from his next film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), literally rescued Columbia Pictures from bankruptcy (Phillips 1991). Overall, the films he has directed have earned almost 10 billion dollars at the box office (Forbes 2017).

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  • James Mairata
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  1. 1.Charles Sturt UniversitySydneyAustralia

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