As photo (or video) ops go, this one is among the best: video footage of Steven Spielberg and John Williams tapping out an early draft of the main E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial theme on a piano. Whether the camera just happened to be there, or if this was designed specifically as a publicity stunt matters to some extent — it would be nice to know this was really a spontaneous moment — but either way it’s neat to see the birth of one of the more recognizable ’80s movie themes.

Watch below.

This is from the recent Blu-ray release of E.T.; not having watched that disc yet I can’t tell you exactly what the context is. It’s a lovely standalone moment regardless.

[Vulture]

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