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Cool Videos: The Spielberg Face

Dec. 14, 2011by: Mike Sampson

Even if you're not fully aware of the "Spielberg Face" - that wide-eyed gaze of wonder and shock - you no doubt know it well. It's one of Spielberg's signature moves and evident in nearly all of his films.

This video looks back at the many Spielberg Faces while exploring how the director uses the faces of his actors to affect audiences. Spielberg didn't really use the face until CLOSE ENCOUNTERS but boy, when he did, he really grabbed hold of it and hasn't let it go since. Is it manipulative? Sure, but that's what a good filmmaker does. He makes someone sitting in an air conditioned theater eating popcorn feel an emotion based on a number of audio and visual cues. When done successfully, you don't feel manipulated and that's why Spielberg is so good.

Take a look at the tribute below to remind yourself of the Spielberg face before you go see WAR HORSE and THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN at theaters this holiday season.

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4:49PM on 12/14/2011
Based on the comments here, I now refuse to watch the video. However, I've always interpreted Alan Grant's gaze as [link]" His eyes just say "you're fucking shitting me! This is insane AND impossible! SERIOUSLY WHAT THE FUCK! FUCK YES!!" It's like somebody popped his eye cherry. It's like a blind person seeing for the first time.
Based on the comments here, I now refuse to watch the video. However, I've always interpreted Alan Grant's gaze as [link]" His eyes just say "you're fucking shitting me! This is insane AND impossible! SERIOUSLY WHAT THE FUCK! FUCK YES!!" It's like somebody popped his eye cherry. It's like a blind person seeing for the first time.
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3:00PM on 12/14/2011
dude needs to not talk...anymore, ever...i am glad tho that it's noted that all good filmmakers do this type of thing..the guy in the video states that, but still...you can make the same exact video with any filmmaker with a giant resume.
dude needs to not talk...anymore, ever...i am glad tho that it's noted that all good filmmakers do this type of thing..the guy in the video states that, but still...you can make the same exact video with any filmmaker with a giant resume.
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2:50PM on 12/14/2011

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I agree that the only reason I like this video is because of seeing all the faces of Spielberg's films placed together. I would have much preferred just a montage of his faces played to beautiful soundtrack music and voice clips.
I agree that the only reason I like this video is because of seeing all the faces of Spielberg's films placed together. I would have much preferred just a montage of his faces played to beautiful soundtrack music and voice clips.
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2:35PM on 12/14/2011
Very well done. Kudos to Kevin B. Lee.
Very well done. Kudos to Kevin B. Lee.
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1:55PM on 12/14/2011

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Mark lar duk car dar. Is this the same d-bag who did the Cinema of Chaos piece? He should have someone read or write this for him, leaves me with the douche chills like nobody's business. He should do a video on the No Shit Sherlock Cinema.
Mark lar duk car dar. Is this the same d-bag who did the Cinema of Chaos piece? He should have someone read or write this for him, leaves me with the douche chills like nobody's business. He should do a video on the No Shit Sherlock Cinema.
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12:31PM on 12/14/2011
I've always perceived Spielberg's "gaze" shots as being very simple and honest cinema. His films usually deal with regular people encountering extraordinary events, so such reactions are very honest and realistic. Amazement. Shock. Wonder. Theirs and ours reflected. He captures it like no other. But this guy is really overthinking things, especially near the end. What the fuck is he even talking about once he arrives at AI?
I've always perceived Spielberg's "gaze" shots as being very simple and honest cinema. His films usually deal with regular people encountering extraordinary events, so such reactions are very honest and realistic. Amazement. Shock. Wonder. Theirs and ours reflected. He captures it like no other. But this guy is really overthinking things, especially near the end. What the fuck is he even talking about once he arrives at AI?
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11:32AM on 12/14/2011
Wow, very cool.
Wow, very cool.
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9:46AM on 12/14/2011
This gives me chills, Spielberg is and always will be the best.
This gives me chills, Spielberg is and always will be the best.
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