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The “Raiders” Story Conference

In 1978, fresh off the success of JAWS and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Steven Spielberg sat down with George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan for a four day “story conference” about what Raiders of the Lost Ark was going to be.  It’s a fascinating read, considering the massive success that Raiders was to become.

I found out about this amazing document from this blog:
Mystery Man on Film: Raiders Story Conference. In the blog post, the author summarizes some of the more interesting aspects of the PDF, so check out the blog post first.

The full 127-page(!) PDF of the story conference transcript can be found here:  Raiders Story Conference Transcript – January 1978, so grab it quick before it disappears from the interwebs forever…

Jaws, Raiders Among Empire’s Top 500

Several Spielberg films made Empire Magazine’s Top 500 films of all time.  The list was compiled from numerous film critics, film makers, and film fans from across the country sending in there top 10 favorite film titles.  Though some were questionable, such as how The Thin Red Line could be so far up ahead of Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, others were dead on.  Two of Spielberg’s films made the top 5, with Jaws placing fifth and Raiders of the Lost Ark placing 2nd, beaten only by his friend Francis Ford Copolla’s The Godfather, which was a no-brainer.

Other Spielberg films to make the list included all three Indiana Jones sequels, Close Encounters, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, and ET.  Other Spielberg-produced films made the list, including the first two Back to the Future films, Men in Black, and Gremlins.

Full Story at Empireonline

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