Between Han and HAL: Episode 2 - Charly

  • 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."

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  • John

    Hey Folks,

    Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow night. Just a few reminders:

    - Doors open at 7PM; movie starts at 8PM
    - This is a potluck, so bring some food and/or drink to share
    - We're kindly asking for a $2 donation per person to help defray (among other things) the cost of running the Meetup.
    - We have a very friendly, very fluffy cat, so fair warning if you're not a cat person.
    - Please Please PLEASE call, text or email me to let me know if you're not going to make it, or if you think you'll be late. Thanks,

    November 1

  • Kathy

    Wish I could come to this one, but I'm going to Carol's party, too. Hope I can make it to the next one.

    October 24

  • Don

    Just realized that this is on the same night (Nov 2nd) as Carol's Halloween party at Gobiland.

    October 18

  • Elton S.

    How are you handling the +1's?

    October 5

    • John

      Elton I recommend those with significant others who would like to participate join via meetup as well. We have a very limited number of seats (10 including me and Allison) so i want to make sure as many actual members of the meetup who want to come, can come.

      October 5

  • Susan M

    Ah, too bad. We have a conflict on this date. Would like to see this movie because we read the short story in high school; we'll have to stream it on our own sometime.

    October 5

  • A former member
    A former member

    WoW i remember watching this in 8 or 9 grade...

    September 14, 2013

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