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Sunday 19 April 2015

Spielberg: I'll always love history

Steven Spielberg thinks War Horse is a film for all the family
Steven Spielberg thinks War Horse is a film for all the family

Steven Spielberg has revealed his fascination with wars, admitting he just can't "shake it".

The Oscar-winning filmmaker - whose conflict-themed movies include Band Of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan and War Horse - revealed he had a "European regard" for history because of his father, who served in the Second World War.

"My regard to history is more of a European regard. I love history, it was the only thing I did well in school," he said.

"I'm not ashamed to admit that I was not a great student, but I was great at history. My dad fought in the Second World War - he turned 95 this month - and I grew up hearing his war stories on Burma and Karachi. So I can't shake it."

Spielberg said he enjoyed how the turmoil of war pushes people to the limit.

"War throws characters into chaos. There's no better way to test who a person is than put them into a war. That's really going to show you what kind of character that is," he explained.

And he denied that War Horse - which is in cinemas now - was a typical war film.

"It's a story of love and war, and of courage and combat. It's not Saving Private Ryan or Band Of Brothers. There is no violence, and I want families to see this together," he added.

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