The filmmaker disagrees with changes being made to old movies to suit today’s society.
Steven Spielberg was at a lecture promoted by Time magazine and, during the debates, he revealed that he regretted changing some details of the scenes of ET – The Extra-Terrestrial. According to him, the editing was done so that the sequence in question would be more consistent with the beliefs and concerns of today’s society.
In the original 1982 version of the film, there is a scene in which police officers chase children with firearms. In the relaunch, held in celebration of the film’s 20th anniversary, the filmmaker replaced the lethal artifact with walkie-talkies. “That was a mistake. I never should have done that.”
ET is a product of its times. No film should ever be reviewed based on the lens of what we are now, either willingly or being forced to look through them. Years passed and I changed my own views.
Still according to Spielberg, previous versions should be kept as a reminder of how the world has changed. “I should never have messed with the archives of my own work and I don’t recommend anyone doing that. All of our films are kind of signposts of where we were when we made them, what the world was like and what the world was getting when we released these stories. So I really regret putting that out there.”
“Nobody should try to take chocolate away from Willy Wonka! To me, it’s sacrosanct. It’s our history, it’s our cultural heritage. I don’t believe in censorship like that,” concluded the director.
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