Show Business: The Aliens Are Coming!

Jaws' creator moves dazzlingly from the deep to deep space

At 27, Director Steven Spielberg took a routine fish-bites-man story and transformed it into a show business phenomenon. Jaws, a merciless attack on the audience's nerves, quickly established its creator as the reigning boy genius of American cinema and went on to pile up the largest box office take in the history of movies. Now 29, Spielberg is ready with his encore, an $18 million extravaganza about UFOs and aliens who come to earth in them called Close Encounters of the Third Kind. If the director is...

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