Sept. 3: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
USA 1977 (2 hrs., 17 min.) Rated PG
Drama in English
Under the stars at Libbey Bowl
7:30 p.m. (Gates at 6:45 p.m. — The movie will begin once it’s dark enough for full enjoyment.)
A utility lineman and a single mother in Muncie, Indiana are suddenly illuminated from a UFO above, bathed in extraterrestrial light. This light inspires a vision in them, accompanied by a musical phrase. The vision is a shape that they are compelled to replicate, with any materials at hand—even mashed potatoes. At the same time, scientists, who want to make contact with these aliens, are researching a musical phrase, whose harmonics will produce the necessary harmony for mutual understanding. They all meet at the mount designated by the aliens, where they hope contact will be made.
A longtime pet project of director Steven Spielberg, the film stars Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, and the French director, Francois Truffaut. It is at once beautiful and haunting, and it won an Academy Award for cinematography and an Emmy for the score. The great science fiction author, Ray Bradbury, deemed it “the greatest science fiction film ever made.
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