High School

Movie The Fabelmans Steven Spielberg (2022)
Sam Fabelman (Gabriel LaBelle) screens the film he shot during his school's spring party at the school's prom. He also confronts one of his classmates in the hallways. A defining scene that Steven Spielberg filmed in the Susan Miller Dorsey High School.
Susan Dorsey High School
Susan Dorsey High School by Ludacris01. Wikimedia.

Family, art: It’ll tear you in two.

Uncle Boris (Judd Hirsch)

In order to flesh out his story, Steven Spielberg shot in several authentic locations, in addition to the shots shot at Universal Studios. The entire sequence during which Sam Fabelman (Gabriel LaBelle) presents his film at the prom was produced in the Susan Miller Dorsey High School. The scene in the hallway, when Sam Fabelman explains himself to his stalker, was also filmed in the institution.

Initiatory tale

If Steven Spieberg did not really study at the Susan Miller Dorsey High School, he nevertheless also grew up in California, after having moved several times with his family, like Sam Fabelman, his alter ego played on screen by Gabriel LaBelle. The high school also allowed him to easily recreate a typical 1960s high school without making too many changes.

A master tells his story

If it is obvious that Steven Spielberg has put a bit of himself in each of his feature films, The Fabelmans remains his most personal work. He confided in the New York Times: “The impetus to actually get serious about telling it on film didn’t seriously occur to me until the pandemic. I had a lot of time on my hands. I used to get in my car and drive for hours — all around Los Angeles, up Pacific Coast Highway, over to Calabasas, over near Twentynine Palms. And that gave me more time to think about what was happening in the world. I started thinking, what’s the one story I haven’t told that I’d be really mad at myself if I don’t? It was always the same answer every time: the story of my formative years growing up between 7 and 18.


The Fabelmans took 59 days to shoot.

The Fabelmans lycée
The Fabelmans lycée. Tous droits réservés : Amblin Entertainment/Amblin Partners
The Fabelmans scène du bal
The Fabelmans scène du bal. Tous droits réservés : Amblin Entertainment/Amblin Partners

Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School

Located in Crenshaw County in Los Angeles, this high school is famous for hosting many celebrities.

The writer Charles Bukowski, the sportsmen Na’il Diggs, Jeremiah Johnson, Marvin Hall or even Jerome Johnson, the musicians Arthur Lee, Mike Love and Billy Preston passed on the benches of Susan Miller Dorsey High School. Inaugurated in 1937, it has several sports teams. Just over 800 students are registered there.

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By Gilles Rolland

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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