Contact. 1997. USA. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. 150 min.
Screenplay by James V. Hart, Michael Goldenberg, from a novel and story by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan. With Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, David Morse. Zemeckis’s subversive touch is particularly pronounced in this project—an adaptation of a spacey new-age novel by the astronomer Carl Sagan—which was begun by another director and completed by Zemeckis. From the moment a communication from space is decoded as an Adolph Hitler rant, still bouncing around the universe, the film undercuts cosmic mysticism with human frailty, with Jodie Foster as an astrophysicist consumed by daddy issues.