November 2, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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We continue our exploration of SF movies released between 1968 and 1977 with... Charly. Starring Cliff Robertson and Claire Bloom, based on Daniel Keyes' short story and novel Flowers for Algernon, it's the story of Charlie Gordon, a mentally disabled man who undergoes an experimental procedure aimed at increasing his intelligence.
Keyes' original short story (published in 1959) won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1960. The expanded novel version won a Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1966. Robertson starred in "The Two Worlds of Charlie Gordon," an adaptation produced for the U. S. Steel Hour. Robertson bought the rights to the story and won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the feature film version released on September 23, 1968.
Charly confronts a number of issues that remain as relevant now as they were 35 years ago: medical ethics, society's treatment of the mentally disabled, and how most of us will eventually have to confront the reality of our inevitable decline.
"Charly Gordon is a fellow who will very shortly be what he used to be."