Silhouette of a child on a bicycle, with a strange creature in the front basket, flying in front of a majestic moon. The image attached to the logo for Amblin Entertainment, a production company that Steven Spielberg created with Kathleen Kennedy (now president of Lucasfilm) and Frank Marshall, is much more than just a company brand, it’s a symbol of the emotional memory of an entire generation. This wonderful scene Which. T. extra floor, as little Elliot, surprised by his new friend’s powers on Halloween night, exclaimed, “Not so loud! Not so loud!” As he defying the law of gravity through the aerial displacement of the bicycle, with the voice of one of the most beautiful subjects in John Williams’ repertoire, it is a moment that opens something up in the spectator, to their pure sense of magic. Even today we feel the magic of Elliott’s journey, we are transported through Williams’ tune. Fun fact: This scene is a tribute to the movie Milan miracle (1951), by Vittorio de Sica, one of Spielberg’s favorites, with a fictional element that puts poor people flying on brooms…
Presented on the closing night of the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, on May 26, Which. T. extra floor On Thursday, he will return, in private, to the event where he was first seen in 40 years. A very serious case of popular cinema that touched the hearts of whole families around the world, surprising the director himself, who said during production that he had never imagined the phenomenon that would become such a personal film, without the ambitions of extravagance. Arriving in 2022, it can still be said to be one of the most beloved places ever, passed down from generation to generation as a precious reference passed down to children and nephews.
Over the years, a lot has been speculated about a possible sequel to ET, but Spielberg has always resisted the idea, perhaps because it’s a very sacred object in his filmography. It didn’t hold back, however, that telecom operator Xfinity released in November 2019, A Holiday Reunion, which serves as a “short sequel” to the original film. It’s four minutes filmed by Lance Acord (Cinematographer for lost in translation) Henry Thomas is back in the role of Elliot, now an adult and family man who welcomes E.T. into his home for the holidays. A simple piece of comfort.
Recently, last April, as part of the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of Which. T. extra floorSpielberg spoke to the audience at the TCM Classic Film Festival about the birth of this business. Stories that are always worth remembering, such as the specter of a parent’s divorce, which the director revealed early on, were the main reason for the film’s production. In the 1970s, he was writing a screenplay about it, without any fantastic elements, when, when filming Close Encounters of the Third Order (1977), more precisely while filming the last scene, he thought: “Wait a minute, what if this little creature [que comunica através de linguagem gestual com François Truffaut] Not back to the ship? “This is a schematic diagram of ET, the element of the family bequeathed on planet Earth, which would fill in the absence in another child’s family: the absence of a father.” Divorce creates great responsibility,” Spielberg notes. “What if Elliot, or the child — whose name I haven’t dreamed of yet — for the first time in his life became responsible for a form of life, to fill the void in his heart?”
Over the years, a lot has been speculated about a possible sequel to ET, but Spielberg has always resisted the idea, perhaps because it’s a very sacred object in his filmography.
Indeed, the topic of divorce more or less subconsciously intersects with many of his films, including, very directly, the one currently in post-production, fablemansa semi-autobiographical childhood drama set to hit theaters later this year.
Interestingly, the film about a child’s isolation who discovers in a stranger a friend who is able to heal a certain household fault, or simply about this home torn apart by parental separation, was also the film responsible for the change in Spielberg’s life project. “I didn’t want to have kids, that kind of equation just didn’t make sense to me,” he told the TCM Film Festival audience. “It never occurred to me until halfway through ET: I was a dad in that movie. I actually felt very protective of Henry. [Thomas] and mike [McNaughton], and all my team. Especially Dru [Barrymore], who was only 6 years old. I started thinking, “Well, maybe this will be my reality someday.” This was the first time I thought I might become a father. On the other side of real life, he later had seven children.
Speaking of the casting, the casting of juniors, in and of itself, is a delicious chapter. The most famous is the case of the protagonist, Henry Thomas, who in the audition was asked to simulate a response to the American authorities who might come for his “best friend” … well, he did not imitate anything. She burst into tears with astonishing sincerity, defending the creature that had no physical form yet. At the end of Glow, the director was limited to uttering the famous phrase “Okay boy, I got the job” (the video is on Youtube). But Thomas wasn’t the only one who broke all the plates on first impression. He still borrows from Steven Spielberg’s own words: “When Drew walked into my office, he broke into the meeting. I said, ‘Do you like acting?'” And she said, “I’m not an actress. I have a rock punk band.” [recorde-se: 6 anos de idade] And she started telling me about this band she formed that was going to perform…believe her, there was a lot of inner life out there! I realized soon after that I didn’t really have a rock band. But if she believed it, she would think that the little mechanical creature was a real alien. Well, it wasn’t the miniature Drew Barrymore who fell in love with Carlo Rambaldi-style ET. The other kids, even if they were more grown-ups, also gained an appreciation for the doll, leading to a sincere and honest goodbye—something that undoubtedly made its way to the big screen. .
Nominated for nine Oscars, winning four (Art and Soundtrack, by John Williams), Which. T. extra floor It’s now in the “movies of our lives” complex, especially for those who grew up in the ’80s. Where did Spielberg’s sympathy for aliens come from? His father was an avid reader of science fiction, and he believed that if we visited them it would be out of curiosity rather than a threat. Here it is: everything will be given to the father. Return to the eternal homeland.