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Friday, July 6, 2012

Film Club

Hello everyone, thanks to all you folks who were able to make it to Blade Runner a couple weeks back.  For the month of July we will be watching the classic 1956 sci-fi masterpiece: Forbidden Planet.

It stars Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon, and Anne Francis.  The characters and its setting have been compared to those in William Shakespeare's The Tempest, and its plot contains certain story analogs.  Forbidden Planet was the first science fiction film that was set entirely on another planet in deep space, away from the planet Earth.  It is considered one of the great science fiction films of the 1950s, a precursor of what was to come for the science fiction film genre in the decades that followed.

Forbidden Planet features special effects for which A. Arnold Gillespie, Irving G. Ries, and Wesley C. Miller were nominated for an Academy Award. It was the only major award nomination the film received.  Forbidden Planet features the groundbreaking use of an all-electronic music musical score.  It also featured "Robby the Robot", one of the first film robots that was more than just a mechanical "tin can" on legs; Robby displays a distinct personality and is a complete supporting character in the film.

Synopsis:  Early in the 23rd century, the United Planets Cruiser C57-D travels to the planet Altair IV, 16 light-years from the Earth, to discover the fate of an expedition sent 20 years earlier.  Soon after achieving orbit, the cruiser receives a radio transmission from Dr. Edward Morbius, the expedition's linguist, who wars them to stay away, saying he cannot guarantee their safety and that he needs no assistance.  The starship's captain, Commander John J. Adams, insists on landing.

It goes without saying that Forbidden Planet is one of cinema's greatest achievements  in, not only the science fiction genre, but also the grand collection of film in general.  You won't want to miss this amazing film!

Here's the trailer:

We will be meeting Thursday, July 19th at 6:15pm

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