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Everything We Know About the John Williams Documentary by Steven Spielberg

By Sara Schabas on November 6, 2023

John Williams documentary
John Williams. Photo courtesy of the artist

The legendary film composer John Williams will be the subject of a feature-length documentary led by his longtime collaborator, Steven Spielberg.

What’s Up?: Steven Spielberg has confirmed his work on a documentary about the 90-year-old film composer John Williams. The film will be directed by Laurent Bouzerau, whose many documentaries include Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2019) and Five Came Back (2017). The documentary will be produced by Amblin Television, Imagine Documentaries and Nedland Media.

Refresher: The composer, conductor and pianist John Williams was born in 1932 in Queens, New York City. He is often considered the world’s most recognized composer as well as the most influential composer in movie history. Williams has been nominated for 52 Academy Awards, won 5, and is the winner of 25 Grammy Awards for film scores, including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T. and Schindler’s List. As a conductor, he has been music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra, artist-in-residence at the Tanglewood Institute and led yearly summertime concerts in L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl.

Digging Deeper: Spielberg’s Williams documentary comes on the heels of a more than 50-year collaboration between the two artists. The pair recently described their artistic partnership on The Late Show to Stephen Colbert, sharing that they’ve “never had an argument.” With this documentary, audiences can look forward to finally getting to know the man behind countless works of great music.

Sara Schabas
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