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Re: Thirty Years Of Spielberg's UFO Views

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


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...


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

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