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Published on August 2nd, 2011 | by Dan Gvozden

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Spielberg’s Curriculum – The Supposed 206 Movies One Must See to Work With Him

Ever thought about working for Steven Spielberg?  Most people would give their right leg just to meet him.  Well apparently, if it is to be believed, there is another pre-requisite to be considered worthy of working with the all-time great.  An unofficial list has been circulating the net, rumored to be a list of films that Spielberg put together that he feels that all filmmakers need to have seen.  Whether this is a real list compiled by Spielberg is yet to be seen but it is an interesting checklist nonetheless.

Do you have what it takes?

Care to see the list.  Just click here.

The story comes to us originally from the blog Go Into the Story:

This is a list that someone sent me during a conversation on Twitter. It’s unofficially referred to as “Steven Spielberg’s List of Movies You Have to See Before You Can Work With Him” aka “Steven Spielberg’s Curriculum.” Weirdly enough, I could only find ONE mention of it on Google. ONE. And it was a weird mention here: But it’s a list of 206 movies that Spielberg assembled as movies that should be required viewing for any aspiring filmmaker. And if you listen to the way Spielberg talks about cinema and the history of film, it’s quiiiiite clear he has seen more movies than anyone on earth other than Martin Scorcese. But just goes to show you how overlooked that part of your mantra is: watch. Movies. A lot of the great directors from Spielberg’s era have probably seen more than half of those movies. Maybe even 3/4. The younger filmmakers coming up now? I’d be shocked if they’d seen 30 of them. I haven’t seen anywhere NEAR half of them. Anyways. Pretty interesting list. I uploaded it as a Google document which I figure is probably easier for sharing than a Word document.

Again, we cannot verify if this is a real document.  However, the interesting thing that it brings up is how important it is to watch movies consistently if you want to become a filmmaker.  We’ve all seen clips of Scorsese and Tarantino talking about the movies they love, and their knowledge seems encyclopedic.

Personally, I have a long way to go.  I’ve only seen 48 of the films on this list.  How many have you seen?  Any items on the list surprise you?

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Do you remember that dorky kid from elementary school who loved movies and comic books? Dan's him, but an adult... well in most senses of the word. All that matters is that he's an aficionado of all things pop culture and wants to share his interests with the world.



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