From: Jay Nelson <jnelson.nul> Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 17:56:21 -0700 Archived: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 07:03:13 -0500 Subject: Re: Thirty Years Of Spielberg's UFO Views >From: Giuliano Marinkovic <giuliano.marinkovic.nul> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> >Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2009 22:58:05 +0000 (GMT) >Subject: Thirty Years Of Spielberg's UFO Views >Steven Spielberg And 3 Decades Of His Public UFO Views <snip> Thanks, Giuliano, for an excellent post, although I'm still having trouble viewing the clips. But I have also long wondered what, if anything, Spielberg 'really' knows about UFOs. The Internet Movie Database shows that the man has definitely served as the go-to guy for alien themes in Hollywood. Along with Close Encounters and ET, he produced both Men in Black movies, the mini-series Taken (2002) as you mentioned, as well as *batteries not included (1987), about benign mechanical aliens, and the recent remake of War of the Worlds (2005), among others. I was therefore surprised to learn that he strongly resisted the ET connection in the latest Indiana Jones flick, which according to Lucas, was originally titled Indiana Jones And The Saucer Men(!). But the most curious thing I discovered was that right after Close Encounters, Spielberg made a movie that was in some ways the exact opposite of CE3K. The movie, 1941, one of my guilty favorites ;->, concerning post-Pearl Harbor hysteria, was made in 1979. It was Spielberg's first (by comparison) flop, a comedy so expensive that it took two studios to produce. In a 1995 featurette, The Making Of 1941 included on the first DVD release, Spielberg says that he agreed to make the movie while he was working on Close Encounters. He, Bob Gale, and Robert Zemeckis, the writers, recounted how they re-worked the screenplay during the production of CE3K in an offic _in-the_very_hanger_ where Spielberg was then filming the climactic mothership scenes. 1941, as the writers acknowledged, was based in a large part upon the infamous Battle of Los Angeles. This was an incident, doubtless well-known to all Listers, that occurred on February 25, 1942, when lights appearing over Los Angeles were thought to be a number of incoming Japanese bombers. There was a blackout and a huge amount of anti-aircraft fire was expended, but no Japanese planes were shot down. The Army defended the action, though soon it was attributed to jittery nerves when no wreckage was forthcoming - and later blamed on (what else?) weather balloons. Curiously, neither Spielberg nor the writers made _any_ mention of UFOs whatsoever in their discussion of the air raid. Not even a single joke. Yet they were working on the script while literally surrounded by Close Encounters! How could it be that they didn't make a connection? It does seem most peculiar that Spielberg would appear to be blithely clueless about the link between the two films all this while. But the facts are indisputable: Steven Spielberg went directly from filming what is arguably the greatest UFO movie of all time to one debunking the largest mass sighting in history - and nobody even noticed... Why? By the way, the Disney reference in 1941 that Spielberg is so fond of including in his movies is to Dumbo, the cartoon about a flying elephant. Though the movie was indeed released around the time of Pearl Harbor, could this be a sly reference to things seen in the air that should not be there? Also, there are one or two wide shots in the film of the LA skyline during all the commotion, showing searchlights blindly sweeping the sky as ack-ack fire erupts wildly all around. Since 1941 was noted for its accuracy in its depiction of the city at the time (using nothing more than miniatures), this too, is interesting. Those scenes look much more like the skies over Baghdad during the first Gulf War, and nothing like the actual pictures taken during the Battle of LA that show something up there caught amidst the lights and flak. Perhaps this was his way of letting us know there was more to it? So, all that being said, I am more curious than ever about what Steven Spielberg knows or believes about ET. I certainly hope James Fox can release the letter very soon! Thanks. Keep looking up, Jay Nelson Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/subscribers/ Your access info works there too... These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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