“Raiders” is a movie of my own, that I can actually stand to watch from beginning to end. In that sense, it has a special place in my heart. I don’t rewrite it in my mind, I’m not kicking myself for what I didn’t do. I’m just going along for the ride like everybody else. It’s one of the few films that I’ve directed that I can sit back objectively and observe and enjoy with my family or whoever I’m with, or even alone. Most of my other films, I’m hypercritical of them.
Hard to believe he doesn’t feel the same way about Last Crusade, but I love that Spielberg is such a perfectionist that he can’t bear re-watching his own work for fear of tearing it apart each time. I can certainly relate.