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Steven Spielberg's digs -- The ''Schindler's List'' director plans to renovate a country mansion in Poland

Residents of Kraków are having a close encounter of the Steven Spielberg kind. The director, who arrives in Poland by March 1 to film Schindler's List (starring Liam Neeson), was so appalled by the accommodations he found during a location scout last year, he decided to buy and renovate a country mansion.

''It's not a castle,'' insists a spokeman, ''just a manor. He's refurbishing it, bringing it into the '90s.'' Spielberg's also shipping seven rooms of furniture, so he'll be comfortable during his three-month shoot. Who's paying for these posh Polish digs? Sources say it will be Spielberg, not Universal. But given the exchange rate with the Polish zloty, Spielberg will probably spend less than he did on a single minute of his $55 million Jurassic Park, due this summer.

Originally posted Feb 12, 1993 Published in issue #157 Feb 12, 1993 Order article reprints
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