Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford talk Indy at “Raiders” screening

By Sean O’Connell Steven Spielberg has grown quite nostalgic about his past accomplishments lately. Months ago he opened up for a revelatory discussion with “Quint” from AICN about “Jaws.” And over the weekend, the director held a Q-and-A following a “Raiders of the Lost Ark” screening in Los Angeles. This, in addition to the director’s first-ever appearance at Comic-Con to help sell the upcoming “Tintin” feature. Suddenly, Spielberg is open and omnipresent … and his year is only now just getting busy.

Spielberg has two films due in theaters before 2011 draws to a close: the aforementioned “The Adventures of Tintin;” and “War Horse,” which some think could become frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar as the season continues to play out.

But speaking from the stage Monday at the Hero Complex screening for “Raiders,” Spielberg bounced from topics both old and new, revealing a few details about upcoming projects while also talking about the films that helped define his identity as one of the industry’s most powerful storytellers.

The director also was joined on stage by a special guest: Harrison Ford, who corrected one of the decades-old rumors surrounding his on-set illness shortening a whip-and-sword fight on the “Raiders” production.

As for a fifth “Indiana Jones” film, Spielberg remained noncommittal, only adding that he was “hopeful” they could do it one more time.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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