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Steven SpielbergA Biography, Second Edition$
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Joseph McBride

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604738360

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.001.0001

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date: 21 July 2018

Watch the Skies

Watch the Skies

(p.261) Eleven Watch the Skies
Steven Spielberg

Joseph McBride

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes the origins and the making of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The film combines purely fictional storytelling elements with the extensive post-World War II reports and folklore about UFO sightings. With it Spielberg pulled off the remarkable feat of making a deeply personal film on a grand scale within the Hollywood studio system. The box-office success of Close Encounters also proved that Jaws was no fluke, sealing Spielberg’s reputation as a filmmaker with a seemingly magical box-office touch.

Keywords:   Steven Spielberg, Close Encounters, UFO sightings

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