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The Nose Has A Close Encounter With 'Close Encounters'

Sep 15, 2017

"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" was originally released on December 14, 1977. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards and has gone on to gross more than $300 million worldwide. 

It was Steven Spielberg's third movie, and it's the one that cemented him as a sort of filmmaking wunderkind. It's the movie that made Richard Dreyfuss a superstar. And the five-note melodic motif at the heart of its score is among the most recognizable phrases in all of music... of any kind.

"Close Encounters" is back in theaters for its 40th anniversary, and The Nose went to see it.

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  • Rebecca Castellani - Entertainment director at Bridge Street Live in Canton, Connecticut
  • James Hanley - Co-founder of Cinestudio at Trinity College
  • Bill Yousman Director of the Media Literacy and Digital Culture Graduate Program at Sacred Heart University

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.