After the grueling and logistically challenging Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), this was to be Steven Spielberg’s “small” film. It became the biggest money-making film in history for 20 years, grossing nearly $800 million. An alien is accidentally left behind on Earth while studying plant life in the woods near a California suburb. He is discovered by a 10-year-old boy named Elliott and, it turns out, shares his feelings. E.T. is a celebration of youth, loss, innocence, courage and love. It won four Academy Awards. Its timeless themes of alienation and tolerance, inspired by Spielberg’s childhood spent under the cloud of his parents’ divorce, are as resonant now as they were in the early ’80s, when this was released.
With The Rabbit of Seville, Duck Dodgers of the 24th ½ Century, and One Froggy Evening will open the show.Buy Tickets Online