E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, one of the all-time family classics, about a lost alien who's befriended by a little boy and his siblings. You probably still tear up whenever you watch Elliott's bicycle lift up into the sky and ride across the moon or when E.T. leaves Earth in his spaceship. What nearly all of Spielberg's work — including Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the Indiana Jones series, has in common is the music of John Williams. With a whopping 50 Academy Award nominations and five wins, Williams is the second-most Oscar-nominated artist in history, behind only Walt Disney, and his soundtrack to the 1982 E.T. won an Oscar and a Grammy. Led by Carlos Izcaray, the 100-member American Youth Symphony (AYS) conducts a live score to this screening, preceded by a discussion, moderated by Variety writer Jon Burlingame, with musicians and fellow composers Ralph Grierson, Katie Kirkpatrick, and David Newman, who has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic and played violin on the E.T. soundtrack.
Thirty-five years ago, Steven Spielberg directed