WATCH: Video Essay Deconstructs the Faces of Steven Spielberg in Film
In honor of the two Steven Spielberg releases this season -- War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin -- the folks over at Fandor are paying tribute to the master filmmaker via a new photo essay that celebrates Spielberg's director trademark: The face. Not just any face though -- an expression full of wonder that has washed over all of his protagonists dating back to his 1971 television movie Duel. Relive the many faces of Steven Spielberg ahead.
The video essay goes to great lengths to not only establish what exactly the "Spielberg Face" is but to address the criticism it has received for being a manipulative tool -- a way to show audience members what they too should be feeling at that moment in the movie. In 2001, the filmmaker addressed this criticism with A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, which features a robot protagonist with a permanent "Spielberg Face" -- an artificial expression programmed for the benefit of the robot's owner and to a similar degree, the benefit of the viewers.
What do you think of the Spielberg face and which actor do you think has mastered it best?