In just over a week, the legendary director Steven Spielberg will return to the big screen with The Fabelmans, his deeply personal love letter to filmmaking, and a semi-autobiographical look at his life growing up in the United States after World War II. The film follows young Sammy Fabelman (Gabriel LaBelle) and the conflicts he encounters in his artistic activities as a young filmmaker. At the center of this conflict is his family. Between his mother Mitzi (michelle williams) who deeply supports his dreams and his father Burt (Paul Dano) which is more direct and scientific, Sammy is caught in the ideological divide between the two. One thing Spielberg’s real-life parents could agree on, however, is that they always wanted him to make a movie about their family.
Sitting down with THR, Spielberg delved deeper into the film and its meaning to him and his family. When it came to doing The Fabelmanshe pointed out how his parents, the late Arnold Spielberg and Lea Adler, were to see their story on screen before their death despite the personal nature of it all. He said in the interview:
“They were actually nagging me, ‘When are you going to tell that story about our family, Steve?’ And so it was something that they were very enthusiastic about.
Although The Fabelmans takes some liberties with the story of the director’s life, he remained very close to reality with his parents. Adler has always been the creative heart of the family, instilling many of the same ideals in his son. She, like him, had her own pursuits as a pianist and entertainer, though Spielberg also wants to point out her funnier side that endeared and appreciated her growing up. As for his father, who was an accomplished engineer, Spielberg wanted to show off his methodical nature, especially in contrast to his free-spirited mother. Despite their differences, he was still described as very sweet and his influence was just as important to the director growing up.
The Fabelmans is a family affair through and through, with Spielberg reconnecting with his longtime producer Kristie Macosko Krieger and recent collaborator Tony Kushner to realize his passion project. Unfortunately, neither of Spielberg’s parents will see the film. His mother died in 2017 while his father passed away in 2020, an event that largely prompted Spielberg to spend more time on film with Kushner. Besides being a personally important film for the director, it should also be a successful candidate. The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and early critics are praising its latest as another classic. The collider’s own Ross Bonaime gave the film an A in its review, praising it for pulling back the curtain on Spielberg’s own life and what guided his eye for filmmaking.
Who else is involved in The Fabelmans?
Starring in the film alongside LaBelle, Williams and Dano are Seth Rogen as Bennie Loewy, Sammy’s honorary uncle based on Spielberg’s favorite uncle and Judd Hirsch like Uncle Boris. Jeannie Berlin, Julia Butters, Robin Bartlettand Keeley Karsten complete the star-studded cast. Carla Raij and Josh McLaglen were also on board for executive products.
The Fabelmans will arrive in theaters on November 11. Check out the trailer below.
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