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 few — talks 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?