Empire Of The Sun


Spielberg's most underrated movie pairs him with his most unlikely source material: a semi-autobiographical novel from the master of chilly psychological exegesis, JG Ballard. It's an unusual but surprisingly effective marriage, with cinema's arch sentimentalist unable to soften Ballard's look at his time in a Japanese internment camp. The result is the director's most effective, desperate exploration of the death of childhood.


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