Perpetual Relevance - Classic Science Fiction Films


Atomic clouds inspired writers like Phillip Dick, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke to decry the claims of technology?'s neutrality. Exposing the nature of man to take the beneficent advances of science and twist it towards destruction, control, and breakdown of the individual. Illustrating this is the classic ?"The Day the Earth Stood Still?".

Nineteen fifty-one brought a man and a robot to Earth in this film. Klaatu was an alien in a human form while Gort stood as the metal incarnation of what was at the time seen as conquering of nature through technology. Evading capture from the military Klaatu interacts with humans in an attempt to understand why humankind earned the distinction of selection in what can be likened to a United Nations peacekeeping mission.

Pulp science fiction writer Harry Bates short story caught the attention of producer Julian Blaustein who sought to portray the fears of Cold War America in the Atomic Age. Notable architect Frank Lloyd Wright consulted with the design of Klaatu and Gort?'s alien aircraft to capture the simplicity of form, which ran contrary to the flashy lights, and garish interpretations of spacecraft prior. An electric Theremin provided another worldly sound that was used in the television series ?"Lost in Space?". Collaborating and building upon prior work, the film was not one man?'s vision but a realization of one shared.

 Reinterpretations of paradigm films on any genre are inevitable. Environmental concerns replaced the nuclear focus on the original in the 2008 film by the same name. Signature of any exceptional work of science fiction is the ability of the writer to portray the story as setting in the not too distance future of whatever year the reader is then occupying. The Running Man, Blade runner, Minority Report, and Total Recall were written decades before being adapted for the big screen. Just as Casssandra of Greek myth the warning issued by science fiction writers still goes unheeded.


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