The National Archives in Washington, D.C., are paying homage to filmmaker Steven Spielberg this November with a screening of some of his most beloved and revered films.
Spielberg's festival is being presented in conjunction with the National Archives' recognition of Spielberg as a 2013 Records of Achievement Award recipient. According to the National Archives Foundation, the award is given to "an individual whose work has fostered a broader national awareness of the history and identity of the United States through the use of original records." Previous recipients have included historical documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, news anchor Tom Brokaw and author David McCullough.
As a director, Spielberg has dozens of films to his credit, and even more as a producer and writer. One of his first iconic films was the summer blockbuster "Jaws" in 1975. Since then, he has been responsible for a host of cultural touchstones, including "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," "Poltergeist," "Indiana Jones" and "Schindler's List." The National Archives are recognizing him specifically for his more historical works, among them, "Saving Private Ryan," "Schindler's List," "Amistad" and his most recent directorial effort, the Oscar-winning "Lincoln."
The festival, which is free to the public, will showcase four movies: "Saving Private Ryan," "E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial," "Amistad," and "Lincoln." The event takes place Nov. 15-18, and those who travel to the United States can enjoy a different movie each day.