On Episode 121 of the RETROZEST podcast, Curtis kicks off the first of two episodes celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. This 1977 film stars Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, Cary Guffey, and François Truffaut. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with a UFO. CE3K became Columbia Pictures’ most successful film at that time.

Assisting in this endeavor is a very special guest; the Production Designer for CE3K (as well as JAWS), JOSEPH ALVES JR.! Joe talks about his early career working on films like Forbidden Planet and Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain, as well as his involvement with the JAWS franchise (he designed the mechanical sharks for the first film, and even directed JAWS 3-D) and, of course, CE3K.

Order Joe’s Book Joe Alves: Designing Jaws on Amazon, and visit him on Facebook and at his Website!

Additionally, Mr. Retrovere shares this episode’s Retro News segment.

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