Steven Spielberg: “In my head, I’m Fred Astaire”

MAINTENANCE – The American director tells about his relationship with cinema and his desire to shoot West Side Story.

At 74, Steven Spielberg had never tackled the musical genre. With this updated update from West Side Story, that he had been calling for for so long, it’s done. Zooming in from London, the American director has lost none of his enthusiasm and humor.

LE FIGARO. – Do you remember the first time you saw West Side Story?

Steven SPIELBERG. – I hope it doesn’t sound pretentious on my part, but the first time I saw West Side Story, it was in my head. I was 10 years old in 1957. We had just moved from New Jersey to settle in Phoenix, Arizona. My mother, a classical concert pianist, had a large collection of opera records. One day she came back with the album of Leonard Bernstein’s music. I only listened to it six or seven times. But I had the feeling that I had memorized it. And I made a movie by imagining sequences on this soundtrack that I really enjoyed

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