E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial | NC Museum of Art | Special Events | Indy Week
This is a past event.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 

When: Fri., June 29, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $4

For a generation, the phrase "phone home" carries with it a crook-fingered hand gesture, a hunched posture and a strained, nasal tone of voice. Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) was a cinematic game-changer, out-grossing even Star Wars and holding the distinction of top moneymaker until Jurassic Park finally unseated it a decade later. The question is: why? Why did this ragtag cast of child actors (including a pigtailed, 6-year-old Drew Barrymore) and an animatronic alien whose face was a mash-up of Carl Sandburg, Albert Einstein and Ernest Hemingway strike such a nerve? Several answers spring to mind. First, Spielberg handles nostalgia masterfully. The difficulties of young protagonist Elliott's life are semi-autobiographical, so the emotions Spielberg taps into are real. And he understands that science fiction is actually about the present rather than the future. During those early Reagan years, with the energy crisis fresh in our minds, we needed a reason to look up at the sky with wonder and possibility. Spielberg gave us that, and now the NCMA gives us the chance to sit under the night sky with the next generation to watch this magical movie about the power of hope and determination. Plus, E.T. is kinda cute. Bring a picnic, blankets, lawn chairs and tissues for teary eyes. Admission to the 9 p.m. screening is $4. —Chris Vitiello

Enter your starting address (include city or postal code):

(directions will appear below map)



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a review

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Roll over stars and click to rate.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation