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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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Watch the Skies

Watch the Skies

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(p.261) Eleven Watch the Skies
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Steven Spielberg
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Joseph McBride

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604738360.003.0012

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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