‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ with Steven Spielberg Q&A on Sept. 12

Aug. 30, 2011 | 9:01 a.m.

"Raiders of the Lost Ark" (Lucasfilm)

To mark the 30th anniversary of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Hero Complex is hosting a free screening of the Indiana Jones classic – and a live onstage interview with Hollywood titan Steven Spielberg.

The event with the three-time Oscar winner is Sept. 12 at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Stadium 14 in downtown Los Angeles. The screening of the newly restored and digitally projected film begins at 7 p.m., and the interview, moderated by Hero Complex lead writer Geoff Boucher, will follow the movie.

The tickets are free and are now available through our sign-up website. To be eligible for ticket giveaways that will lead up to the screening — and to find out about other upcoming Hero Complex events – follow us on Twitter: @LATherocomplex.

Steven Spielberg (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

The 64-year-old Spielberg is approaching a new chapter of his career with two December releases, “War Horse” and “The Adventures of Tintin,” that mark his return to the director’s chair after three years spent in the roles of producer, executive producer and DreamWorks studio executive. He is also ramping up to direct “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis, and “Robopocalypse,” based on the Daniel H. Wilson novel.

For many fans, no Spielberg film has aged better than “Raiders,” which finished 1981 as the highest-grossing movie of the year and went on to be nominated for the Academy Award for best picture. It gave the world Harrison Ford in his signature career role as an adventure-loving archaeologist named Henry Jones Jr. but better known as “Indy.”  George Lucas, who Spielberg still refers to as “my best friend,” created the fedora-wearing hero, and the three sequels that would follow would unite the two filmmakers across three different decades.

The future of the franchise will be one of the top topics during the Sept. 12 interview.

The set of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (Lucasfilm)

In a May interview with Boucher, Spielberg said he looks back on “Raiders” with deep affection.

“It’s really startling,” Spielberg said. “Number one, it seems like it was only five years ago, it does not seem like 30 years ago. And the other great thing is I’m still close to everybody that made the movie. We’ve all watched each other grow up and olderolder [not old] – and I love how that ‘Raiders’ family has stayed together for 30 years. We’re all still the closest of friends. ‘Raiders’ was the first movie where I actually shot the movie without thinking. I like to say that the line in ‘Raiders’ that most typifies the production of that movie was when Harrison says, ‘I’m making this up as I go along.’”

– Noelene Clark


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11 Responses to ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ with Steven Spielberg Q&A on Sept. 12

  1. DELINQ says:

    Thank you!

  2. Impatient says:

    When does the blu ray come out?

  3. Can’t wait for this! Just got tickets this morning! They were available for a whole 5 minutes!

  4. Rashad says:

    Please ask about Interstellar. Please.

  5. Alan Dean Foster says:

    Note to H'wood: make what you love, what you yourself would like to see, instead of trying to fit a demographic or analyzing statistics, and you get films like this.

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  7. Hung says:

    Please ask him to not please not digitally alter any more of his films (*ahem* E.T., even thought he does get points for releasing the unaltered original) & to please not add "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!" to anything, as his buddy did.

  8. Indy's brother says:

    "The future of the franchise will be one of the top topics during the Sept. 12 interview." THANK GOD! PLEASE tell us something more than the usual "If we can all agree on something…." "George is looking for a MacGuffin…" "Ford would love to do another…" stuff!

    I created a poll for Indy fans to participate in, over 89% want at LEAST one more, while over half would like a 2nd trilogy. http://raven.theraider.net/showthread.php?t=20253

    Please, please, please give us something solid to go on as fans in regard to Indy 5. Thank you!

  9. Mitchell Hallock says:

    Does he ever thing about going back to the Indiana Jones films and "adding new effects" and reissuing them like his Indy co-creator George Lucas has done, and continues to do on the STAR WARS series. If he did what would he fix?

    The Indyfans at TheRaider.net and TheIndyCast.com would probably vote that he doesn't touch them! That's just my 2 cents.

  10. Mitch TheRaidernet says:

    Does he ever thing about going back to the Indiana Jones films and "adding new effects" and reissuing them like his Indy co-creator George Lucas has done

  11. Bruhn says:

    You all know me as longtime Indiana Jones-Fan and expert. Please remember: If you really love Indy – you must hate "Skull". "Crusade" is still the end.


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