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Stumbled upon this video and thought I’d share. Very cool documentary that features “real” SF writers like:Robert Silverberg, Arthur C. Clarke, Geoff Ryman, John Clute, Brian Aldiss, J.G. Ballard, Kim Stanley Robinson, Karen Joy Fowler, Octavia Butler, William Gibson, and Neal Stephenson! Lots of footage from Sci-Fi movies as well.
I love Film Noir. My favorite all-time movie is The Maltese Falcon. I remember, once upon a time, that I thought there was only a handful of movies made in the Film Noir style. Boy, was I wrong. Now I’ve likely have seen more than 50 different titles and realize there are many, many more.
Today, I’ve posted one of the really good ones; hell, a great one. If you haven’t watched this movie before, do yourself a favor and check it out. It moves along with tremendous pacing.
Here’s the description from Internet Archive:
D.O.A. (1950) is a film noir drama film directed by Rudolph Maté, considered a classic of the stylistic genre. The frantically-paced plot revolves around a doomed man’s quest to find out who has poisoned him – and why – before he dies. The film begins with a scene called “perhaps one of cinema’s most innovative opening sequences” by a BBC reviewer. The scene is a long, behind-the-back tracking sequence featuring Frank Bigelow (O’Brien) walking through a hallway into a police station to report a murder: his own. Disconcertingly, the police almost seem to have been expecting him and already know who he is.
(via Internet Archive)
Here’s an old SF movie that’s actually worth watching. Although I love old SF magazines and books, there’s only a handful of old Science Fiction Movies that I really like. Definitely the granddaddy to the movie, Alien. This one is written by a real Science Fiction writer (as opposed to those plant people fake ones). Jerome Bixby who wrote the classic short story It’s a Good Life that was adapted into the wonderful Twilight Zone episode. And he wrote the classic Star Trek episode Mirror, Mirror that has Spock’s beard (the facial growth, not the Rock Band). And then as screenplay writer he wrote Fantastic Voyage. And a movie that was made posthumously called Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth is the best of all. Put it in your Netflix queue.
I love the dining scene on the ship and the women’s role it as well as all the smoking! From 1958, It! The Terror From Beyond Space–