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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

  • Ardovino's Desert Crossing 1 Ardovino Drive Sunland Park, NM, 88063 United States (map)

Special 40th Anniversary Presentation!

 After Richard Dreyfuss' appearance as a special guest at the 10th annual PLAZA CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL earlier in the month, the SUNSET FILM SOCIETY though it would be appropriate to present one of his iconic starring roles under the stars on the patio of Ardovino's Desert Crossing.

Writer/Director Steven Spielberg hit pay dirt once again, becoming Columbia Pictures' most successful film at that time, with this long-cherished project. Dating back to his youth, Spielberg and his father watched a meteor shower in New Jersey.  As a result, a teenage Spielberg completed the full-length amateur science fiction film Firelight. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with an unidentified flying object (UFO). Investigating one of a series of large-scale power outages, an Indiana electrical lineman (Richard Dreyfuss) experiences a close encounter with a UFO. He becomes fascinated by UFOs, much to the dismay of his wife, Ronnie (Teri Garr) and becomes increasingly obsessed with subliminal, mental images. The SUNSET FILM SOCIETY has decided to show the original cut of the film, not the "Special Edition", which is felt diminishes the awe and mystery. In December 2007, the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Starring:  Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, director Francois Truffaut, Melinda Dillon and Cary Guffey as 3-year-old "Barry Guiler".

Admission is Free. Dinner menu available. Please call 575-589-0653 for reservations.

Earlier Event: August 26