Picks and Pans Review: Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories

updated 03/07/1994 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/07/1994 01:00AM

"I was on the outside of a wonderful hallucination," Steven Spielberg once said of his boyhood ambition to direct movies. "And I wanted to control it." After 1993 there was little arguing that Spielberg, 46, was in total command. Within the space of six months, he delivered two astonishing, and astoundingly different, films. First came Jurassic Park, a thrill-filled romp, starring computer-generated dinosaurs, that trampled all previous box office records. It was followed by Schindler's List, an austere, black-and-white, brutally powerful epic (3 hours, 15 minutes) about the Holocaust. "It's a landmark," says MCA president Sid Sheinberg, who takes credit for suggesting the project to Spielberg. "It will be remembered when Jurassic Park is long forgotten."

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