Regarding Paul Rosenfield's Dec. 3 article, "The Inside Man," in which director Steven Spielberg speaks of the greatness of "The Godfather, Part I" and "Lawrence of Arabia":
Certainly Spielberg himself has created cinematic events that rival the impact of "Godfather" and "Lawrence." I consider "E.T." such an event. That film exudes a warmth that is more touching than the "medium cool" and distancing storytelling of David Lean and the epic/nostalgic flourishes of Francis Coppola.
"E.T." is laced with a modern-day humanity that Lean and Coppola don't seem to be concerned with.