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Reading of Ten Minute Extract from Close Encounters of the Third Kind dir Steven Spielberg 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind is directorwriter Steven Spielbergs first film after the enormously successful 1975 smash Jaws Its optimistic benevolent loving portrayal of alien encounters sets it apart from most science-fiction films of its type This awe-inspiring film is one of the most dazzling UFO science fiction films ever made I am analysing a ten minute sequence from near the beginning of the film which begins with a first look into the home and life of the lead character Roy Neary A location shot shows an aerial view of a suburban neighbourhood It is the evening We then cut to a scene inside the Neary household the first shot we see shows the father Roy and his eight-year-old son playing with a train set while Roy tries to help his son with his maths homework The son is a stereotypical complaining child Suggestions of happy families and fatherson bonding help to establish an image of a happy nuclear family Narrative convention dictates that this happiness is due to be floundered The long take consists of a well framed shot with the son on the left had side of the screen and Roy on the right with the train set at the bottom The camera is situated on the table top looking up at them Despite a few cut-aways the camera pans from this point throughout the scene This seems to give a sense of naturalism as if the scene is almost entirely voyeuristic This helps create a feeling that this is a real family ultimately adding a fundamental impact when the family life is crushed We cut to another part of the room to see two more children and a mother Ronnie This is indeed a very nuclear family with disobedient children and a flustered wife the father the bread-winner The impression that
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