jocox wrote:thank you just going to reconsider.
also recommend a space odyssey
2001: A Space Odyssey
Yes that's another classic. I believe it got remade, but as often happens the original is still the best (IMHO).
That was made in 1968, right when space travel was first entering the popular imagination*. And at the same time, the idea of things being guided and/or controlled by computers was also novel and ripe for being portrayed as something rather ominous that 'carried danger' (akin to 'the robots taking over')*1.
The computer system in this film is called HAL; for each letter proceed one further in the alphabet and you get IBM. At that point you start wondering if the film is about space, or rather where mankind on earth is headed.
Apologies for the rambling, but that was and is a pivotal film of the period!
It was also one that I had to study for English Lit 'O'-level. The period of say 1968-1975 was an extraordinary time from the height on the VN war, to Woodstock, Apollo, Cambodia, apartheid riots kicking off, and on, etc, it is no wonder the popular media and arts reflected the feeling of being pulled every which way. And hence why the books I had to study for that exam just about all dwelled on, war, technology/the future, and/or the changing of empires. All pretty heavy stuff for a 15/16 year old
, but I'm glad I got to read some of those classics within the context of studying them, and being guided through them, as it provided an insight beyond the book itself, into various periods of time and movements and themes, that I wouldn't have got from reading them at home on my own.
p.s. Oh darn, I'm starting to wonder if this should be in 'book corner', but, what applies to the books, applies just about equally to the subsequent films of the same.
* Refer also David Bowie's hit record...
David Bowie- Space Oddity Original Video (1969)
*1 'Hal wont Open the Pod Bay Door'
It's clever, it moves from you intially thinking you might have mis-heard something HAL says, through to eventually more or less completely taking over. Great film, I must watch it again!