Our Brush With Fame…


Talk about a nice pat on the back from one of the greatest directors in Hollywood! In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, Steven Spielberg — yes, the Oscar-winning force behind Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. and Schindler’s List to name a fewtalks about his fascination with those long, lonely stretches of road that appear to go on forever (our October cover is a nice example) and he mentions Arizona Highways.

Check it out…

EW: Your first features, the TV movie Duel (1971) and The Sugarland Express (1974), are both about life—or death—on the road.

SS: I’ve always been interested in that. I grew up in Arizona, and we subscribed to a magazine called Arizona Highways. It was always shots of roads going to infinity, going off into the vanishing point. One of my favorite movies was a film called Vanishing Point. And I remember a wonderful poster for a movie called It Came From Outer Space that had this lonely road going to nowhere, which I tried to appropriate a little bit for Close Encounters. So the idea of a straight-line highway going to a vanishing point is compelling.

Pretty nifty… so tell us, which images of Arizona inspire you?


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4 responses to “Our Brush With Fame…

  1. Congrats on the plug from Mr. Spielberg — I’ll bet that feels great! I’m enjoying the blog. 🙂


  2. Who wouldn’t love them? Just shows he has taste!

  3. Arizona has SO many spectacular views from the Highways. You really can’t make a wrong turn.

    At least 50% of my photos have been taken while on an Arizona Highway.

    Congrats for the mention. Smart man.

  4. The Grand Canyon about halfway down the South Kaibab Trail. Memories of these images will last forever. It was the answer to “what would you like for your 50th birthday?”

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