Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and George Lucas are three of the most successful, influential and iconic working directors in film history. Often times, their films speak for themselves, but still, when videos like this pop up on the internet, it sure is hard to not invest a short hour of my day to hear the words come right of of their mouths.
In this 48-minute long At the Movies special hosted by the late, great Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, the two film critics sit down with these equally iconic directors and ask them about their past successes, their current challenges and the future hopes for the film industry.
The special originally aired in 1990, and although I’m sure my parents caught this episode in between feeding me from the bottle, I’m glad to finally catch this insightful re-run on YouTube.
The 1980s was a busy decade for these three filmmakers and the film industry. Films like The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Raging Bull were critical and commercial successes, but even those films couldn’t change the tide of the industry in the years to come and these guys knew it. The video offers a number of insights, promises and contradictions that fans of these three “Film School Brats”, as they were known in the 1970s, will surely love.
The VHS quality and fast-forwarding are just lovely also.
In the video, projects are alluded to that would turn into the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Schindler’s List, The Age of Innocence and The Aviator.
I just wish Siskel & Ebert would’ve been able to speak with Frances Ford Coppola as well.