[OS X TeX] Kudos to everyone -- more OT SF
Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Mon Feb 27 19:43:55 EST 2006
Am 27.02.2006 um 16:17 schrieb Gerben Wierda:
> "Solaris" (both the Tarkovsky and the Clooney versions, parts of
> the Tarkovsky
> version were shot in Japan and displayed in mirror image because
> there was
> not enough traffic in the Soviet Union :-),
These Japanese sequences with traffic on many levels (stories) made
me think the movie could really come from the future! And instantly
(by instinct?) I was so sure this could only be Japan (because of the
The author of the novel is Stanisław Lem from Poland, who might have
invented virtual reality or avatars, too. Weren't the ideas to
"Who?" (The Man with the Steel Mask) or the "Six Million Dollar Man"
by him, too? He asked the question when a human being ends and a
cyborg starts. He had the idea to warn before an atomic war and the
Defa-Studios made „Der schweigende Stern” (First Spaceship on
Venus, Silent Star, Spaceship Venus Does Not Reply) by Kurt Maetzig.
The "star ship" which takes an international crew a few km to Venus
is named "Cosmocrator!"
Some special effects of 2001 are by Douglas Trumbull. Later he could
make "Silent Running" -- and more: "Brainstorm." Have you ever seen a
recumbent in a movie? Christopher Walken is riding one: the "Avatar"
by Prof. Chester Kyle. (Trumbull, too, is responsible for some
special effects in Andromeda, Close Encounters, Blade Runner, or Star
Trek: The Motion Picture. And for "The Towering Inferno!")
What about Robert Wise's "The Andromeda Strain?" (He also did "The
Day the Earth Stood Still" with Klaatu and Gort, or "Star Trek: The
Anybody seen at least once Robert Aldrich's "Kiss Me
Deadly" (Rattennest)? Mike Hammer, a private detective with an
automatic answering machine! Albert Dekker (do you remember him in
"Old Lace And Arsenic," in 'King Kong' Ernest B. Schoedsack's "Seven
Sinners" with Marlene Dietrich and John Wayne, or as "Dr.
Cyclops" [The Microcosmic God, maybe]) is a mad scientist with bald
head who searches for a real hot box with after a hand's breadth lead
some Americium, or such. Mickey Spillane wrote the pulp novel. He or
Aldrich seem to love very special women ...
Karel Zeman made wonderful mixed-media movies, mostly after novels by
Jules Verne ("The Stolen Airship," "On the Comet," "A Deadly
Invention," and an original work: "Journey to the Beginning of Time").
Ray Bradbury not only wrote "Fahrenheit 451" which François Truffaut
screened. A few of his short stories were filmed under the title of
"The Illustrated Man" with Claire Bloom, as the illustrator, and Rod
Steiger, her book.
Great that someone remembered where the Krell once lived ... but who
has seen the model for Alien? Mario Bava made "Terrore nello spazio"
or "Planet of the Vampires" (1965). With a Brazilian beauty queen and
Barry Sullivan as members of the crew on space ship Galliot. As
uniforms they wear Latex ...
Videodrome? eXistenZ? (both David Cronenberg)
Then there is "The Thirteenth Floor" after the novel "Simulacron-3"
by Daniel Galouye. Rainer Werner Fassbinder first screened it as
"Welt am Draht" (World on a Wire). He played the role of the cop
Jansen in "Kamikaze 1989" (Kamikaze 89) after a novel by Per Wahlöö
(the other half is Maj Sjöwall). Here the 31. floor is the important
Who has seen "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th
Dimension" from 1984?!
Or "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?"
Another SF film by Andrei Tarkovsky after a novel of the brothers
Strugatsky, who describe the debris that is left from a picnic some
extraterrestrials held beside the road.
And then there is Jindrich Polák's "Ikarie XB 1" (Voyage to the End
of the Universe) that inspired Stanley Kubrick to make 2001 ...
Author: Stanisław Lem.
And it also gave some ideas to a great, great German TV series from
the mid-60's with incomparable music: "Raumpatrouille -- Raumschiff
Orion" (Space Patrol).
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and
sure about the former" - Albert Einstein
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