Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Steven Spielberg followed Jaws (1975) with his own screenplay about a family man whose life is changed by an encounter with a UFO, and the end result is a genuinely awe-inspiring moviegoing experience. Richard Dreyfuss plays the everyman hero and Melinda Dillon became the first performer nominated for a Spielberg film for her supporting performance. John Williams’s nominated score ranges from the atonal to the symphonic, his five-note theme a key part of the film’s storyline. The film received eight nominations and won for Vilmos Zsigmond’s rapturous cinematography, with Frank E. Warner winning a Special Achievement Award for his sound effects editing. 

DIRECTED BY: Steven Spielberg. WRITTEN BY: Steven Spielberg. WITH: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon. 1977. 138 min. USA. Color. Scope. English. Rated PG. 4K DCP.
Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation. 

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