ALL AGES WELCOME! ► We “launch” Sci-Fi Cinema Sunday with a granddaddy of a classic (on 35mm!) by the Hollywood maestro of family SF, Steven Spielberg — presented here in the director’s favoured version. Released the same year as compadre George Lucas’s game-changing Star Wars — which carried (if not detonated) the “blockbuster” torch first ignited by Spielberg’s own Jaws two years earlier — Close Encounters was the antithesis to Lucas’s franchise-building space opera: a decidedly down-to-earth take on the visitors-from-space film that looked with wonderment to the stars rather than traversing them at lightspeed. Richard Dreyfuss plays unhinged Indiana suburbanite Roy Neary, witness to a UFO that’s got him carving mysterious mountains out of his mashed potatoes. Spielberg’s film-school idol, François Truffaut, is the sky-watching scientist; Paul Schrader had an uncredited hand on the script. “The greatest science-fiction film ever made” (Ray Bradbury).
ALL AGES WELCOME
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Cinema Sunday films are introduced by Vancouver film history teacher, critic, and intergalactic space pirate Michael van den Bos. In-theatre giveaways courtesy of Cinema Sunday community sponsors Videomatica Sales, Golden Age Collectables, and Kidsbooks.
★★★★ "One of the great moviegoing experiences."Roger Ebert | full review
"The best — the most elaborate — 1950's science fiction movie ever made, a work that borrows its narrative shape and its concerns from those earlier films, but enhances them with what looks like the latest developments in movie and space technology."New York Times | full review
"The first film in years to give its audiences a tingle of shocked emotion that is not entirely based either on fear or on suspense."Time Out | full review