Dir. Cyril Hume | USA | 1956 | 98 min. | G | DCP
A spacecraft travels to the distant planet Altair IV to discover the fate of a group of scientists sent there decades earlier. When Commander John J. Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and his crew arrive, they discover only two people: Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his daughter Altaira (Anne Francis), who was born on the remote planet. Soon, Adams begins to uncover the mystery of what happened on Altair IV, and why Morbius and Altaira are the sole survivors. While this CinemaScope and Eastmancolor science fiction delight is technically a rough adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, it is perhaps more notable for its influence on Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, its iconic Robby the Robot, and its first-of-its-kind entirely electronic musical score.
Part of the Belcourt’s annual Science on Screen® series, a national initiative made possible through a grant by the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation — and tied directly to the Belcourt’s ongoing education and engagement programs.
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- Jun 17, 2021 at 05:10 pm (Thu)
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