Film & Television

John Maguire: Spielberg’s own coming-of-age story writ large on the big screen

Introspective semi-autobiography The Fabelmans takes the audience on an insightful but painful trip down the director’s memory lane

Gabriel LaBelle in The Fabelmans: autobiographical coming-of-age story

After a five-decade career in which he has shaped the popular imagination more than any of his contemporaries, Steven Spielberg looks inward with The Fabelmans. It’s an autobiographical coming-of-age story, disentangling the relationships that formed him in childhood and adolescence; between those whom he loved and loved him in return, and between his creative impulse and the medium that sparked it: cinema.

The events depicted take place between the early 1950s and the mid-60s. Spielberg, ...