It was Steven Spielberg‘s second great theatrical hit. It touched the thoughts and imaginations of people around the world. It gave us a new look at the image of Alien life forms in previous cinema. Today’s Flashback Friday is CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND.
This trailer is from the 80′s special edition that hit theaters. I think it was just a ploy to get people’s money again. The extra footage that they included at the end just made me want to see even more of the story. Anyway, I didn’t link the ‘original’ trailer because it was kind of long and boring. Check it out…
A man (Richard Dreyfuss), after having seen a UFO, is obsessed with a mysterious vision. His mania over it effects his job and family. But when he learns that others are seeing the same thing, he sets out to find answers.
But hold on! The government has their own concerns. Ships, previously lost at sea, popping up in deserts. UFO sightings all over the world, playing catchy tunes that you just can’t get out your head. The officials work to keep a lid on things, but when Aliens are calling the shots, you just have to roll with the little, slimy, green-fisted punches.
Dreyfuss’ character, Roy Neary, meets Jillian (Melinda Dillon), a woman who is on a desperate search for her child that was abducted by the aliens. Together they track down the source of their extraterrestrial problems and experience something completely out of this world.
As I’ve mentioned before (in previous posts), the 70′s were a time where cinema hit new levels of entertainment for audiences. No one had seen movies like STAR WARS or ALIEN or JAWS before. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND was also an important part of the major change of the film landscape. It’s a sort of magical film, that leaves you with some hope and wonder at how big the universe is, and how small (but special) we are. This is Spielberg in true form. If you’re a fan of his, then Geek Soul Brother says you should catch this when you get a chance. It’s a classic feel good Scifi for the family.
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