How the 'Spielberg Face' Makes Everything Look Awesome

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Spielberg is a master of Hollywood blockbuster magic. Dinosaurs, aliens, robots, apocalypse, etc, all rendered with glorious special effects, have made for one megahit after another. There's a secret ingredient in the mix, however -- a sort of cinematic M.S.G. that kicks it up a notch: the Spielberg Face. You know, the face you made when you saw those aliens? This epic video essay is here to expose just how often that speechless expression of wonder appears in the filmmaker's work, where it comes from, and what it says about us. 

Written and edited by Kevin B. Lee for Fandor, the video was inspired by Matt Patches's roundup of Spielberg faces for UGO. The full transcript of the video and a list of the films referenced can be found here.

See more videos from Fandor at http://www.fandor.com/.

Via Devour.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
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