Celluloid Lovers Appreciation Month(s):
Last month we celebrated Cinema Paradiso’s six month anniversary. What better way to follow that up than to show my appreciation to some of the very people who make this meetup group special. I want to thank everyone for attending the meetups and sharing your thoughts and feelings during the discussion. Without you this group wouldn’t be as diverse and enjoyable as it’s become.
During the rest of December and January we will be spotlighting some of our fellow Celluloid Lovers who emailed me wanting to participate in this celebration of the Celluloid Lovers. They have all picked some very interesting films that should make for some very interesting discussions.
Release Date: March 15th, 1956
Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
Running Time: 98 Minutes
This is one of those films that I was aware of but never got around to watching for whatever reason. It is actually really surprising that I haven’t seen this film until recently, since the poster has been burned into my brain over the years, thanks to poster shops and every restaurant whose idea of décor is plastering their walls with random pictures and traffic signs.
I didn’t know anything about the film besides that it was loosely based on Shakespeare's play The Tempest. I was surprised while watching it to learn that this film (along with Robinson Crusoe on Mars) was a precursor to Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry would later state in his biography that “Forbidden Planet was one of my inspirations for Star Trek” after originally denying its inspiration on the series. Roddenberry even considered casting Leslie Nielsen as Captain Pike.
From the gorgeous matte painting, to the impressive special effects, there is a lot to love about Forbidden Planet. What I found the most striking about this film besides Robby the Robot’s design was the music. I was at first caught off guard by the alien nature of the score by Louis and Bebe Barron but I quickly fell in love with their haunting music. They were both very close to the avant-garde music scene in America, working with John Cage, Henry Miller, and Morton Feldman, among others. They were electronic music pioneers scoring the first entirely electronic film composition with Forbidden Planet. It’s amazing to think that music like this was made for a major Hollywood film back in the 50s. I honestly couldn’t imagine it happening now in Hollywood’s current climate.
This Showing will be a shown at the Headquarters which is smoke free, intimate environment with limited space.
Since space is limited I would appreciate some notice (when possible) if you have rsvp'd but are not able to attend the showing. It would allow others to rsvp who might be able to attend.
The Headquarters is in a decent area in the NE so there are many food options. I can take orders or give recommendations if any one would like something delivered. (Let me know in advance if you are thinking of ordering food.)
A warning for anyone with bad allergies, we do have a cat and dog residing here but the cat spends most of his time outdoors so hopefully his presence won’t be too much of a deterrent.
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I look forward to seeing you there.
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