“It just happens to be an aspect of how I see fathers and sons because I can only see them through my own experience. Even if I’d had a really happy relationship with my father and there was no emotional hiatus for a decade and a half, I probably would still have made some of the same choices for movies that I’ve made.”
Spielberg tells The Daily Telegraph that some of his movies may not have been significantly different had he had a better relationship with his father growing up.
I feel this is a very important statement, and one that reveals an element of his film-making many misconstrue. While it’s not wrong to say Spielberg makes films about fathers and sons, it’s a slightly simplistic view.
I’ve always thought Spielberg’s films are about masculinity before they are about fathers, it just so happens that he tends to explore masculinity through fatherhood - for Spielberg, it seems to me, fatherhood is the goal to which all men should strive, and to be a failure as a father is to be a failure as a man.