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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind / Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - Special Edition

  Close Encounters Of The Third Kind / Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - Special Edition Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
8.96 /10
Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, Teri Garr
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Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Steven Spielberg

Released: 1977
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 135

A repairman, Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss), becomes obsessed with the idea that aliens are about to land near a large mountain.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Itís confused and confusing, lacks dramatic conflict, and has a tiresome hero. Much of the plotting doesnít bear close inspection - especially if you try and work out what on earth the aliens are hoping to achieve, or why our hero and heroine climb up Devilís Mountain when the base for the UFO landing is so clearly at its foot - and the characterizations are superficial in either version. Even so, this is a classic film because of its special effects, optimism and peculiarly childlike sense of wonder. Itís also a memorable case study of obsession, and thereís an obvious parallel between Nearyís faith in his vision and the single-mindedness of a film-maker like Spielberg.

If you have a choice, see the Special Edition. Sixteen minutes of film have been removed from the original, seven minutes of unused footage reinstated, and six minutes of entirely new material inserted. Spielbergís revisions excise boring bits from the middle, make more sense of Nearyís deteriorating relationship with his wife (Teri Garr) and take us inside the alien spacecraft at the end.

ďThe Special Edition would have been the first film had I two more months. I didnít have the time and so, as a result, the entire second act of the first film is for me very unsatisfying. Specifically, the pacing between Richardís story and the Francois Truffaut story, and the correlation, symbolically, that one has toward the other is much more deliberate in the Special Edition than it is in the original version.Ē

(Steven Spielberg)

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