Spielberg: My films help mecope with my family history

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23 September 2004, HAMBURG - US film director Steven Spielberg believes that making movies is his way of dealing with his own family history, the flicks helping him to combat "my demons", he told a German entertainment magazine. In the latest issue of "TV Movie" magazine in Hamburg, the 57- year-old Spielberg noted that 17 of his own family members had died in the Nazis' extermination of Jews during the Holocaust. He said his family roots are based in Russia and Austria. With films like "Schindler's List"

23 September 2004

HAMBURG - US film director Steven Spielberg believes that making movies is his way of dealing with his own family history, the flicks helping him to combat "my demons", he told a German entertainment magazine.

In the latest issue of "TV Movie" magazine in Hamburg, the 57- year-old Spielberg noted that 17 of his own family members had died in the Nazis' extermination of Jews during the Holocaust. He said his family roots are based in Russia and Austria.

With films like "Schindler's List" - a real-life account about a German industrialist who saved the lives of Jewish slave labourers during the war - he is able to deal with his own family history, Spielberg said.

The director said he puts his nightmares into his movies, with heroes who are braver than he himself is.

"This is the way I fight my demons," Spielberg said.

He said he is passionate about taking on difficult themes in his films.

"I don't care about the costs. What counts for me is the idea," Spielberg said. Commenting on his latest film, "Terminal", starring Tom Hanks as a man who lives permanently in an airport terminal building, he said it was the story which interested him.

"All of us have had the feeling at times of being in the wrong place at the wrong time," Spielberg said about the film which had its premier at the Viennale recently, to luke-warm response by critics.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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