Kubrick and Spielberg were friends before becoming collaborators on the film “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.” About his fellow director, Spielberg has said:
“Stanley made movies like an an artist because he couldn’t help himself. He made films because he had to make films. Even in those long stretches between great works of cinema, he was always in some form of film production. I really think Stanley considered script development as essential as bringing a cast and crew together to actually make a film. He spent so many years on pictures because his thought process— so unique in my experience—needed that much time to percolate. He had thought about “Eyes Wide Shut” since 1970 since he read the novella by Arthur Schnitzler. He could wait it out. He could wait us out. He was pragmatic, in waiting for the time to be right, for the culture to be ready, and for the things to be right within himself, before bringing something to the screen.”
Spielberg is one of the industry’s most prolific and respected directors. He has been nominated for twelve Academy Awards and countless other honors, winning the Oscar for best director for “Schindler’s List” (1993) and “Saving Private Ryan” (1998).
He was born on December 18, 1946, and lives in Los Angeles.