The Thoughts of Terri Garr

Apart from being an actor, a go-go dancer, and the Greatest Living American, Terri Garr is also a thinker, as the “fotonovel” of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND makes clear. Faced with the insuperable — one would think — challenge of reproducing Spielberg’s multimillion son et lumiere show on the printed page, with only still images and neither Dolby stereo nor the impressive facial twitches of Richard Dreyfuss to enliven it, the anonymous, uncredited fotonovelist delves deep, exploring not only the grainy newsprint faces of the cast, but also their innermost psychology.

And the ruminations of Terri Garr are not neglected. Result: the complete, complex story of a disintegrating marriage, with a level of psychological nuance worthy of Bergman.*

*Stan Bergman, of Blacklick, Ohio.

I love Terri Garr sincerely, BTW. *Imagine* how good a Terri Garr Film Festival would be!

9 Responses to “The Thoughts of Terri Garr”

  1. ehrenstein47 Says:

    Teri Garr is perfection in everything. I love her in “Close Encounters” and “Tootsie” and most especially in Coppola’s Maudit Musical “One From the Heart”

  2. Indeed. Coppola clearly fixated on her abilities, and she got a whole different career with Zoetrope than the one Young Frankenstein might have aimed her at.

  3. Tony Williams Says:

    Among the many demerits of Spielberg’s infantile fascist work is the way, Garr is treated in the film and made to look a monster in her last appearance in the version I saw. Some critics alert to this film’s conservatism have noticed how the Dreyfuss character walks away from his family to participate in his heavenly “pie in the sky” to escape from his family responsibilities. If Garr recognizes this in her version then she deserves full credit.

  4. Um, there isn’t a “Terri Garr version” – her thoughts here have been typed onto some still photos by an unknown hack.

    Dreyfuss seems set to join a new family with Melinda Dillon and Cary Guffey, who share his “vision” — but then he jumps in the mothership and dumps them too.

  5. ehrenstein47 Says:

    IOW it’s a salute to male irresponsibility and selfishness.

  6. Tony Williams Says:

    Right on, David E. Several comments referred to by Trace Redell in his THE SOUND OF THINGS TO COME (2018: Uniiversity of Minnesota Press) affirm this as well as the regressive nature f Lucas and Spielberg soundtracts.

  7. Schrader: “I don’t want the first guy into space with these aliens to be someone who’ll start a McDonalds franchise.”
    Spielberg: “That’s EXACTLY who I want.”

    There is a problem with that whole binary choice.

    But I use scenes from the film regularly to teach about blocking and composition and so on. It’s extremely skilled stuff, in the name of manipulation of course.

  8. Tony Williams Says:

    Yes, from a technological standpoint certainly. However, in terms of claims made that SS belongs in the category of those great Hollywood directors of yesteryear denied his place in the sun by academic Marxists (are there any left today?) or anti-semitism that Spielberg’s rabbi suggests in the last edition of Joseph McBride’s study remains questionable.

  9. I’m not particularly concerned with technology. Technique, certainly. I’ll do a breakdown of a scene sometime and talk about what I find admirable, even though I can be as queasy about the content or meaning as the next person.

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