Last Monday night, TCM aired Spielberg on Spielberg, a 90-minute romp through the master’s filmography led by the master himself. I didn’t get to catch it live, because I was too busy that night TV-Watching Spielberg’s all-too-painful Fox reality show, On the Lot, but I finally got around to firing up the program on my DVR this weekend. Like most good movie docs, it made me want to watch a boatload of films I’ve already seen a boatload of times. So I enjoyed Spielberg on Spielberg, and I recommend it. But one thing about it drove me up the wall, and I want to know who’s with me.
As SonS got going, we were zipping along through Spielberg’s movies in chronological order — Duel, Sugarland, Jaws, Close Encounters, 1941, Raiders, E.T. By the end of this, I’m getting excited, because I want to hear what Spielberg has to say about one of my favorite Spielberg movies, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I know he’s been down on it for most of his career, and I’m thinking I’ll finally get to hear why. But then, for some unknown reason, the doc jumps straight from E.T. to Jurassic Park, and for the rest of the night we’re all over the place, hopping from this film to that. Temple of Doom got no mention at all. Neither did Last Crusade or The Lost World.
After the jump, I’ll elaborate on why these omissions were egregious.
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