‘Close Encounters’ Became While The Films Got New-Age Faith

In addition to touchy-feely mysticism and contact highs, “Close Encounters” articulated the post-Watergate mistrust of government.
I cannot imagine a comparable “Close Encounters” seen on a laptop.
If “Jaws” was Mr. Spielberg’s Hitchcock film, “Close Encounters” channeled Disney.
My first experience of “Close Encounters” came several months into its opening run, waiting in line at the neighborhood movie-house on East 86th Street in Manhattan.
“Close Encounters” would not have the same effect on me, but it did teach me something about the power of the film medium.

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