I would venture to say that, for many aspiring filmmakers, the chance to work with three-time Oscar winner Steven Spielberg would be considered the opportunity of a lifetime. But, aside from the “right place, right time” phenomenon that so often proves vital for many emerging industry players, what if there was another way to ensure that you catch the eye of one of the greatest filmmakers of all time? Like maybe, oh I don’t know, a list of required viewing that would allow the two of you to have more in common than how much both of you love his movies. While unconfirmed, a list known as the “Spielberg Curriculum” is currently making its way about the interwebs, claiming to be just the prerequisite you were looking for. Hit the jump to see how much work you have ahead of you.
If you thought you were going to impress the guy who brought the world Jaws and Saving Private Ryan because you majored in film theory and have a keen appreciation for Eisenstein’s montage theory, think again. Purportedly, the “Spielberg Curriculum” lists 206 movies that you need to have seen before the director is even going to consider taking you seriously.
Again, this is an unconfirmed list at best. I might even go so far as to guess that only a small percentage of people who actually have worked with Spielberg have viewed all 206 films. At the very least, though, it’s fun to peruse the curriculum and see how many of these undeniably important flicks you have seen.
As for me? I’m well below half (womp womp) with His Girl Friday, Network, and Rosemary’s Baby being among my favorites. Click here to check out the list in Google document form and let us know in the comments how you stack up. Thanks to Scott Myers’ Go Into the Story blog (via JoBlo) for passing this along.