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SF/45 is history. Thanks to all involved. Here were the films shown (in order) MIRACLE MILE. FIEND WITHOUT A FACE. SPACEBALLS. MYSTERIOUS ISLAND w/Harryhausen's Daughter Vanessa In Person! 1920's DR. JEYKLL & MR. HYDE w/Jeff Rapsis Live Music! ALTERED STATES. Cronenberg's THE FLY. MIDNIGHT SPECIAL. SECONDS. DIE MONSTER DIE. TARANTULA. FAST COLOR. SOYLENT GREEN. Add your suggestions using the link below. Also, there's a handy link to a filmmography of past events. Comments on this year's Selections? Post here:
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Reply #30 - Apr 30th, 2013 at 12:13pm

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My new favorite old time movie spaceship. From 1918's Himmelskibett (Heaven Ship) welcome aboard The Excelsior a prop driven biplane ship that flies to Mars. Inside it's like a submarine with steel plating everywhere. Looks like it was built as a full size prop for the film.
The film is listed as the first space opera and it's also the answer to the question what sci fi film did the Danes make BEFORE Reptilicus (1962).
 

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Reply #31 - Apr 30th, 2013 at 2:48pm

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When the crew of this thing got to Mars, they must've been really annoyed to find that Frenchman Georges Melies had already come and gone (1902, I think).  We saw "Voyages dans la Lune" (or something like that) at a Marathon some years back.  I recall a wonderful pianist from some local college or other accompanied.  (Gosh, I wish I had a memory!)
 
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Reply #32 - Apr 30th, 2013 at 4:14pm

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I think your memory is even worse than that!  Wink

I don't recall EVER having live music for A TRIP TO THE MOON. We have had several like AELITA, THE LOST WORLD, METROPOLIS etc with live music, but, never TRIP.

Anyone with alternate evidence?

Jon wrote on Apr 30th, 2013 at 2:48pm:
When the crew of this thing got to Mars, they must've been really annoyed to find that Frenchman Georges Melies had already come and gone (1902, I think).  We saw "Voyages dans la Lune" (or something like that) at a Marathon some years back.  I recall a wonderful pianist from some local college or other accompanied.  (Gosh, I wish I had a memory!)

 
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Reply #33 - Apr 30th, 2013 at 7:52pm

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Jon wrote on Apr 30th, 2013 at 2:48pm:
When the crew of this thing got to Mars, they must've been really annoyed to find that Frenchman Georges Melies had already come and gone (1902, I think).  We saw "Voyages dans la Lune" (or something like that) at a Marathon some years back.  I recall a wonderful pianist from some local college or other accompanied.  (Gosh, I wish I had a memory!)


Not sure if Melies made it to Mars, there are a lot of shorts to check for that. I know Edison did "A Trip to Mars" in 1910 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np7VImsSMQM

The crew of the Excelsior find a typical utopian society (complete with robes and funny hats) who are upset that the crew brings canned meat with them and are appalled when a crew member shoots a bird.The message of peace and love is undone by an accident of language. "The End" translates in Danish films as one word, 'Slut'.
Check out some scenes courtesy of the IOIC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjKyBofRLqM
 

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Reply #34 - Apr 30th, 2013 at 9:58pm

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Speaking of TRIP TO THE MOON, here is the man himself, George Melies at his French toy store:

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Reply #35 - May 1st, 2013 at 9:01am

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When the crew of this thing got to Mars, they must've been really annoyed to find that Frenchman Georges Melies had already come and gone (1902, I think).  We saw "Voyages dans la Lune" (or something like that) at a Marathon some years back.  I recall a wonderful pianist from some local college or other accompanied.  (Gosh, I wish I had a memory!) 


I think your memory is even worse than that!   Wink
I don't recall EVER having live music for A TRIP TO THE MOON. We have had several like AELITA, THE LOST WORLD, METROPOLIS etc with live music, but, never TRIP.
Anyone with alternate evidence?


Well, you're right, of course, and I am extremely stupid, and not very focused.  So, in my defense, I can only say -- "never mind." Lips Sealed

The pianist I had in mind was from Babson (So, I remembered that much -feeling like Dory in "Finding Nemo," though), and he did not play for the Melies showing (nobody did).

Still, I loved "Hugo" and being able to see some of the hand-colored versions of a bit of Melies' work.  Wonderful movie, that.  ...Not SF, of course, but magical, nevertheless.
 
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Reply #36 - May 1st, 2013 at 9:08am

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[size=7]Not sure if Melies made it to Mars, there are a lot of shorts to check for that. I know Edison did "A Trip to Mars" in 1910 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np7VImsSMQM

The crew of the Excelsior find a typical utopian society (complete with robes and funny hats) who are upset that the crew brings canned meat with them and are appalled when a crew member shoots a bird.The message of peace and love is undone by an accident of language. "The End" translates in Danish films as one word, 'Slut'.
Check out some scenes courtesy of the IOIC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjKyBofRLqM
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Thanks for this.  I will check out the Edison with great interest. Smiley
 
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Reply #37 - May 1st, 2013 at 10:52am

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little known fact. peter sellers was originally cast to play the role of major kong in "dr. strangelove". the story is he hurt his  ankle but some suspect he could not do the texas accent. (i tend to doubt that). the role was offered to john wayne and dan blocker. either of which would have been fantastic. not to detract from slim pickens job.

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Reply #38 - May 1st, 2013 at 7:50pm

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kirok wrote on May 1st, 2013 at 10:52am:
little known fact. peter sellers was originally cast to play the role of major kong in "dr. strangelove". the story is he hurt his  ankle but some suspect he could not do the texas accent. (i tend to doubt that). the role was offered to john wayne and dan blocker. either of which would have been fantastic. not to detract from slim pickens job.


Y'know I think I won a pass to the Orson Welles Cinema with that info in one of their weekly trivia questions.
I'm sure Sellers could've done an authentic Texas accent no problem. But there is an alternate version of the story that while Kubrick wanted Sellers to play Major Kong, Sellers did not want to play another character in the film and used the injury as an excuse.
 

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Reply #39 - May 2nd, 2013 at 11:13am

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Grant Williams from this year's best Marathon film, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN.

I think he just finished taking his SAT's, but realized he was using a Number 3 pencil!


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Reply #40 - May 2nd, 2013 at 11:34am

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L.A. Connection wrote on May 2nd, 2013 at 11:13am:
Grant Williams from this year's best Marathon film, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN.

I think he just finished taking his SAT's, but realized he was using a Number 3 pencil!



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In the words of Maxwell Smart, That's the second biggest pencil I've ever seem. Smiley
 

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Reply #41 - May 2nd, 2013 at 2:01pm

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da_Bunnyman wrote on May 2nd, 2013 at 11:34am:
L.A. Connection wrote on May 2nd, 2013 at 11:13am:
Grant Williams from this year's best Marathon film, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN.

I think he just finished taking his SAT's, but realized he was using a Number 3 pencil!



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In the words of Maxwell Smart, That's the second biggest pencil I've ever seem. Smiley


Well, with the recent passing of Harry Reems, it may be time for Da Bunnyman to re-assess his list!

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Reply #42 - May 2nd, 2013 at 6:34pm

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Quote:
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Well, with the recent passing of Harry Reems, it may be time for Da Bunnyman to re-assess his list! 



Harry Reems has passed on? I hadn't heard. Censorship? You think they would have covered it in the China People's Daily:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/02/china-peoples-daily-penis-newspaper-bui...
 

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Reply #43 - May 5th, 2013 at 12:41pm

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"War of the Worlds" martian: They just don't make 'em like that anymore. Smiley
 

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Reply #44 - May 6th, 2013 at 5:13pm

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R_F_Fineman wrote on May 5th, 2013 at 12:41pm:
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"War of the Worlds" martian: They just don't make 'em like that anymore. Smiley


Reminds me of an old charity appeal photo.

Yes friends, your donations will help send little Jimmy here to a summer camp on Phobos.
 

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