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The E.T. Event

December 17, 1989

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.

MICHAEL KEUSCH

Los Angeles

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