Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Great Scenes 4: E.T. The Extraterrestrial
Suburbia was Steven Spielberg's go to setting in the 1980s, sometimes a place of alienation and sometimes a haven from a frightening world. Spielberg's Poltergeist was released alongside E.T. in June 1982, a darker take on the middle class retreat to the suburbs as the Reagan era dawned. The Halloween sequence in E.T. is amazingly lit at the magic hour around dusk. There's something almost Utopian about the sequence - and humorous. Trivia note - Debra Winger is the ghoulish doctor who appears towards the end. Yoda also appears for a nice laugh.