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This Saturday: FIFTIES SCIENCE FICTION

It’s often been noted by critics and film scholars that for better or worse, deliberately or not, the best science fiction and fantasy films reflect their era and cultural environment. Some observers argue that this dictum applies even more strongly to the - how shall one put it delicately? – to the more offbeat examples of the genre. Let the viewer be the judge while keeping in mind that not every filmmaker can be Ingmar Bergman.


This Saturday's Movies - 6/6/2020
4:00 PM
The story begins when the image of Exeter, a huge-domed scientific genius from the planet Metaluna, appears on an experimental 3D television screen. Exeter invites noted scientists from around the world to work on a top-secret project at his earthly mansion. Matters soon get complicated.
5:30 PM
Scientists battle a giant alien machine sent to harvest Earth's energy, presumably on behalf of a dying race. As the machine absorbs all energy it encounters, including an atomic bomb, it grows to immense proportions and appears unstoppable.
6:50 PM
Can it be that the Martians are signaling Earth and that their leader is actually uttering the very word of God? The first and, to do date, only hysterical Cold War/Red Menace tale of paranoia with religious overtones, "Red Planet Mars" has developed a cult following among those who appreciate its surreal qualities.
8:20 PM
The Office of Scientific Investigation (OSI) sends their A-Men (A for atom) agents to investigate reports of unusual magnetic activity in various communities. Their investigation leads to a scientist who's been experimenting with an artificial radioactive isotope. His microscopic creation takes on a life of its own, growing rapidly as it absorbs energy from its surroundings while emitting radiation and intense magnetic energy. Hilarity does not ensue.
9:40 PM
After a meteorite lands in the British countryside, scientists track an alien from Ganymede who wants to use Earth women for breeding purposes (as aliens do).
11:05 PM
A man named Francis relates a story about his best friend Alan and his fiancee Jane. Alan takes him to a fair where they meet Dr. Caligari, who exhibits a somnambulist, Cesare, that can predict the future. When Alan asks how long he has to live, Cesare says he has until dawn.
(Germany, 1919, B&W, 51 min, dir. Robert Weine, with Conrad Veidt, Silent)


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