Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Directed by Steven Spielberg. US. 1977. PG. 137 minutes. Sony. 35mm.
Sun., September 13, 2015
Join us at 1:30pm for some sky-themed pre-show music on the theatre pipe organ, courtesy of Wayne Zimmerman of the Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley.
Hollywood wunderkind Steven Spielberg followed up his mega-hit Jaws with this splendid, intelligent science fiction /mystery story about man’s first encounter with alien beings. Starring Richard Dreyfuss as an “everyman” electric lineman who inexplicably becomes obsessed with the idea of interplanetary contact, and the wonderful Teri Garr as his mystified and increasingly worried wife, and featuring renowned French film director Francois Truffaut as a fascinated and fascinating director of a major “welcome wagon” expedition for a UFO. To quote the review in London’s Radio Times, this is “ a delightfully optimistic parable about secret government communications with a visiting spacecraft…that’s truly suspenseful and genuinely felt, rather than just sweet and sentimental. Awesome special effects (like the glittering mother ship) fuel a spiritually uplifting tale with a fabulous feel-good factor.” Needless to say, this is one movie that demands to be seen, and enjoyed, on the Colonial Theater’s truly big screen. (Bill Roth)