Wednesday, April 20, 2016
John Williams Appreciation Post: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Finale)
You're gonna need to block out fifteen minutes for this one. Sorry.
A few years ago The Alamo Drafthouse was running a series based on a local radio show, "Film Score Focus", where the host of the show came, talked a bit about the score for the movie you were about to see, and I think maybe again afterwards. The screening we attended was for Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
It's a fascinating score, one that saves a movie that could have been terrifying and turns it into a work of wonder. After all, it's a movie about communicating with beings from another world/ plane/ what-have-you, via the power of music. We may not have a similar written or spoken language, or other form of communication, but we can peacefully share notes back and forth to show our good intentions.
Host of Film Score Focus, Brian Satterwhite, rightfully pointed out that - if one listens - the score is constantly blending a few things. Yes, that child-like piano riff we all think of with Close Encounters, but also Disney's "When You Wish Upon a Star", which makes itself heard fully at around the 10:50 mark of this clip.
It's a nice bit of work, that.