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Saturday, March 8, 2014


(Steven Spielberg)

In March, M-Net Movies Showcase (channel 108 on DStv) will feature more than 50 films by master moviemaker Steven Spielberg!

How many awards have been clinched by Spielberg films? How often has his genius changed the course of movie making history? How many times have his films smashed previous records at box-offices worldwide? How many careers have been launched by his endeavours? In how many countries has he been honoured for his extraordinary contribution to popular culture? And how often has the very name Steven Spielberg been mentioned by movie lovers around the globe to refer to superb movie-making?

Included will be early work such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) to Spielberg classics from the 80’s like Jaws, ET: The Extra-Terrestrial and The Colour Purple; box-office sensations like Jurassic Park and Hook; serious fare such as Schindler's List, Lincoln and Saving Private Ryan; and special effect showpieces like the majestic War of the Worlds.

"Having so many Spielberg films on a movie channel in one month is an extra-ordinary feat," says M-Net's Head of Publicity and Special Projects, Lani Lombard. "This is the biggest Spielberg television extravaganza ever, and the result of more than two years of planning and hard work on the side of our M-Net movie team. In the late 90’s, M-Net ran a Steven Spielberg movie festival that captured the imagination of our viewers. This one is way bigger and a comprehensive update of his massive oeuvre. It's a mega-treat for movie lovers.

"While some viewers will dip into the schedule to watch their favourite Spielberg movies again or find out what the fuss was about,” Lombard continues, “some others - cinema buffs- will be able to track in detail the way movies changed over the years, the Spielberg way."

There will be at least one movie directed or produced by Steven Spielberg scheduled in prime time on the M-Net Movies Showcase channel in March, but on most dates movie lovers will be able to enjoy more than one. In addition to this, M-Net Movies Showcase will also screen the two critically acclaimed mini-series The Band of Brothers and The Pacific.

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