Some directors have specific camera styles. Others have a particular dialogue rhythm. Steven Spielberg has a face. THE face. You’ve seen it, you know it and now we’ll take you back to remember all the glorious moments of our favorite films where the legendary expression has been dropped…
And a video essay from Filmdrunk—a sample quote:
If there is one recurring image that defines the cinema of Steven Spielberg, it is The Spielberg Face. Eyes open, staring in wordless wonder in a moment where time stands still. But above all, a child-like surrender in the act of watching, both theirs and ours. It’s as if their total submission to what they are seeing mirrors our own.
The face tells us that a monumental event is happening; in doing so, it also tells us how we should feel. If Spielberg deserves to be called a master of audience manipulation, then this is his signature stroke.