This thread is discuss each and every movie directed by Steven Spielberg--the most commercially successful filmmaker of all-time. The idea of this thread is that we go beyond just discussing whether or not we like the film in question, and talk a little more analytically and in-depth about it. We'll be starting with what most consider to be Spielberg's debut film, although it originally aired on television, Duel (1971). [image=http://www.stlux.com/uploaded_images/duel-dennis-weav-717829.jpeg] The film is about an everyman named David Mann who is driving across California on a business trip. He's on his way to an important appointment when he decides to cut off a truck. The truckdriver takes offense and decides to stock David in his truck from the remaining hour and a half. You can't get a simpler plot than that. Like Jaws, this is one of Spielberg's more elemental thrillers--relying on situation rather than plot. It's easily the most dated film of his. Although it's by no means his deepest work, I have to admire it as a debut film. Spielberg certainly shows that he's a student of Alfred Hitchcock. He uses the smallest amount of plot as possible, and relies on the characters to get themselves into situations. Not exactly a trademark Spielberg film, but good nonetheless. Discuss.