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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Jon Towlson


For many, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (CE3K) is not so much a movie as a religious experience. On its release in 1977, CE3K virtually redefined the science-fiction film, shifting it away from spaceships, laser guns, and bug-eyed monsters into a modified form of science fiction that John Wyndham once called ‘logical fantasy’. What would it be like if extra-terrestrials made contact with people on Earth? How would it feel? Like 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Steven Spielberg's primary inspiration, CE3K is concerned with mankind's evolution towards the stars, towards a state of transcendenc ... More

Keywords: science-fiction film, extra-terrestrials, stars, transcendence, Steven Spielberg, emotion, cinematography, science fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781911325079
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Towlson, author