With Spielberg, we have another profile of yet another hugelyinfluential American filmmaker on the heels of De Palma and By SidneyLumet. And... when it's this filmmaker and this story and this group offilms, I don't think for at least some of them (yes, even Jaws andlessor known ones like Empire of the Sun) enough can be spoken aboutthem. It takes often a miracle for a movie to come out good let alonegreat, and Steven Spielberg has at least nine or ten masterpieces tohis name.<br><br>I'm glad this one on Spielberg via Susan Lacy (a veteran go-to forAmerican Masters docs) goes the full route on the career and the man inas much depth as possible. Though it lacks much about Hook, Lost Worldand Always (the latter's not here at all, the former is mentioned forfive seconds as an example of 'sometimes he has failed'), I think Ineed what is presented here as the man's own words on his work, and hiscolleagues, AND especially the critical community, from Hoberman to AOScott. You actually get a sense of not only Spielberg's growth or...No, wait, growth is the wrong word since he was already doing what hedid so well in 74 and 74 & 75 and even Duel (that shot of the truckgoing off the bridge is a gorgeous monster movie moment in all cinema),more like a maturity and an expanding sense of what a movie can be. Hehas his complexities - who else can have Jurassic Park and Munich inhis resume - but the critics point that out along with the objectivefact that he is to film the major force in Hollywood in the past 45years.<br><br>But it would be one thing if it is all "its the greatest guy ever" etc.This shows that Spielberg hasn't always known what to do on every film;seeing him making Schindlers List and Saving Private Ryan, his twoOscar wins, one gets the sense he had to figure out what to do day today, and yet that also came out of many years of *doing* it, ofunderstanding and getting even deeper than he already was. This docdoes a great job is giving to the audience, whether they've known thisabout Spielberg before or not, that making ET and Schindler's List wereno more or less exceptional efforts on what humanity is all about inall of its highs and lows, its just that an audience will take Nazismore seriously than aliens.<br><br>Or... Who knows? But through every anecdote and story from Spielberg,his sisters and parents, his fellow (now elder) "movie brats" who wereas Lucas describes their version of Paris in the 1920s (and I think hesright), there's a full portrait of everything with this man. And that'swhat is the same and yet done unique unto itself as the De Palma andLumet films. It's not *too* glossed over about what hes been in life(as someone admits about him, "hes a nerd. A lovable nerd, but still anerd") and yet it cant help but be inspiring and I hope will be aninspiration for future filmmakers who didn't live through seeingJurassic Park or Ryan or Minority Report or even Lincoln (one of thosefilms that is still somehow underrated despite being a commercial andcritical hit) in a first run. It didn't all come out of nowhereultimately; the message that one comes away with is that passion andinspiration is crucial, but hard work and not showing fear in theprocess (though one may have it) is key.