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A blast from the past is making the Internet rounds today: a clip of late film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert interviewing directors Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and George Lucas in 1990 about the state of movies. The directors discuss their filmmaking of the past and their plans for the present and future, and also offer their theories about how the studio system might affect future Hollywood hopefuls.
Some notable moments include Spielberg declaring that he hopes he's "never accused of making quote-unquote adult movies" (something that would no doubt change after 1993's "Schindler's List"), and that he would never make a sequel to his blockbuster "E.T." He also mentions he's interested in making a biopic about Howard Hughes, though his pal Scorsese beat him to the punch with 2004's "The Aviator."
Lucas mentions he's hard at work on the "Star Wars" prequels, the ideas for which he says were part of his original 1977 "Star Wars" script, but were too numerous to fit into one set of films. Though there's no mention of Jar Jar Binks, it's hard watching Lucas talk about the importance of Obi Wan and Anakin's backstories knowing what would come nine years later.
The clip touts Scorsese as the most critically acclaimed director of his generation, though Spielberg would win two Oscars before the '90s were over, while Scorsese would have to wait until the 2007 Academy Awards for his for "The Departed." We get a glimpse of some footage from the yet-to-be-released "Goodfellas," and Scorsese says he's currently working on a genre he hasn't touched before: romance, which would become 1993's "The Age of Innocence."
Check out the clip for more wisdom (and excellent facial hair), including Scorsese's prediction that it will be hard for directors to make "personal pictures" in the studio system of the future. Today's glut of sequels and action movies proves that 23-year-old premonition to be accurate.