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Trailers from Hell Has 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood June 23, 2014 at 1:39PM

Today on Trailers from Hell, John Landis talks Steven Spielberg's 1977 aliens-among-us classic "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
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'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'
'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'

Today on Trailers from Hell, John Landis talks Steven Spielberg's 1977 aliens-among-us classic "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

Steven Spielberg was playing with house money after the enormous success of "Jaws" and he struck pay dirt again with this epic sci-fi fantasy chock-full of brilliantly composed panoramas and cracker-jack suspense scenes. Filming largely on the biggest indoor set ever constructed (inside a gigantic World War II dirigible hangar in Mobile, Alabama), CT3K races through its 137 minutes without breaking a sweat, arriving at a climax at Wyoming's Devils Tower that is one of the most ecstatic moments in movie history. Vilmos Zsigmond's Oscar winning cinematography helps make that sequence and the rest of "Close Encounters" a memorably visionary experience.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.