I was very much in my room with my marionette stage, you know, creating these incredibly boring things that I felt were so fascinating, and forcing my relatives to come, and charging money for them to see my little productions.
I have a 92 year old father whose doing beautifully who lives in Chicago and a sister and a nephew and a niece and I love coming back and try to do so fairly often.
My family was loving... they were very supportive and very affectionate, and basically I could do what I wanted, and basically it wasn't anything dangerous, thank God.
I mean, the whole idea of movies was it was special to go to see - you went to a movie theater to see something that was magical and amazing, in a very special location.
People so far have been very fond of the Robert Altman movie, as I am, and when one things goes well it shines light on your other projects and now I seem to have a number of projects that are moving forward.
I was born on Wellington Avenue and my family that remains lives in the Lake Shore Drive area.
Yes I try to do everything I can not to fail hideously.
I'm from the Midwest, and I loved my family. I had a very good time as a child, but I was also - I have a theory about Jews growing up in the Midwest, that there is an ultimately sort of wonderful avoidance of a lot of things, and a great acceptance of whatever is happening.
God, I'd love to do a big commercial movie that made a lot of money and whose plot was interesting too.
I think some of the special effects in Close Encounters hold up better than the new more expensive special effects is because they were better actually.
I always think that a director who knows about the technical side, but cares about the acting performances and casting as well, is ahead of the game.
If anyone would have been paying serious attention to my puppet shows, I would have been sent to therapy very young.
I loved being in Close Encounters, just to watch Steven Spielberg working was exciting.
And I think being a good director is being able to be completely tyrannical and you've got to be an absolute dictator while at the same time, you have to listen and see everything because it can all change on a dime.
But obviously as television began, it so undercut movies that he was trying to think of a way to combine seeing these special things, and the fact that people were just captivated by the magic box.
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