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“More Philosophical Grey Matter”: The Production and Aesthetic of Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Julie A. Turnock

in Plastic Reality: Special Effects, Technology, and the Emergence of 1970s Blockbuster Aesthetics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163538
eISBN:
9780231535274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163538.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter studies the production and aesthetic of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Weary of the effects problems from Jaws, Steven Spielberg approached Douglas Trumbull to give him full control ... More


Close Encounters: Analysis

Jon Towlson

in Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325079
eISBN:
9781800342194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325079.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter presents a detailed analysis of Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). The long take is a Spielberg staple: examples exist in each of his films, but it is an ... More


Close Encounters: Influences and Production Background

Jon Towlson

in Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325079
eISBN:
9781800342194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325079.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines a number of filmic influences on Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), which give it an element of intertextuality. Rather than lending Close Encounters ... More


The Expanded Blockbuster: The Auteurist Aesthetics of 1970s Special Effects–Driven Filmmaking

Julie A. Turnock

in Plastic Reality: Special Effects, Technology, and the Emergence of 1970s Blockbuster Aesthetics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163538
eISBN:
9780231535274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163538.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines auteurism and special effects-driven blockbuster filmmaking. Auteurism, an approach to mid-century filmmaking in which a film reflects the director's personal creative vision, ... More


Close Encounters: Cultural Impact

Jon Towlson

in Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325079
eISBN:
9781800342194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325079.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter reflects on the cultural impact of Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). During the filming of Close Encounters, a rumour spread that the film was being secretly ... More


“The Buck Stops at Opticals”: Special Effects Technology on Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Julie A. Turnock

in Plastic Reality: Special Effects, Technology, and the Emergence of 1970s Blockbuster Aesthetics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163538
eISBN:
9780231535274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163538.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter considers the special effects technology in Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In both films, the postproduction units had to match the principal photography to make all ... More


Introduction: ‘The UFOs Are Coming!’

Jon Towlson

in Constellations

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325079
eISBN:
9781800342194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325079.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview of Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Close Encounters is a UFO movie that arose from a resurgence of ufology in the 1970s, ... More


Conclusion: We Are Not Alone

Jon Towlson

in Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325079
eISBN:
9781800342194
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325079.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This concluding chapter explains why Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) remains a singular science-fiction film. In the intervening years since the release of Close ... More


Introduction

Julie A. Turnock

in Plastic Reality: Special Effects, Technology, and the Emergence of 1970s Blockbuster Aesthetics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163538
eISBN:
9780231535274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163538.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book provides a history of the development of special effects, and its significance in cinema and media studies. The book studies 1970s special effects aesthetics, and mid- to late 1970s science ... More


The God in Science Fiction

Jonathan R. Eller

in Bradbury Beyond Apollo

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780252043413
eISBN:
9780252052293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043413.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Bradbury’s successful 1977 stage adaptation of The Martian Chronicles with Terrence Shank and Paul Gregory opens chapter ten and leads into Bradbury’s fully realized understanding of Hamlet while ... More


Infinite Worlds

Jonathan R. Eller

in Bradbury Beyond Apollo

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780252043413
eISBN:
9780252052293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043413.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter 11 documents Bradbury’s 1978 trip to Europe and his participation in the 150th birthday anniversary celebrations for Jules Verne. He was an honored guest in Paris and continued with his wife ... More


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