Keep Watching the Skies!: American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties, Volume 1

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McFarland Classics, Jan 1, 1997 - Performing Arts - 1306 pages
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Relive and thrill to the science fiction movies of the '50s (through 1962), when jujubes and popcorn with extra butter went arm and arm with mad women (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman), weird teenagers (I Was a Teenage Frankenstein, Teenage Zombies), ill-fated matches (I Married a Monster from Outer Space), victims of scientific experiments (The Fly), and all those things that kept dropping in from outer space (The Blob, The Brain Eaters).
As Warren meticulously and unfailingly points out, special effects were infantile (They fall into a huge spider web which strongly resembles a cargo net, Earth vs. The Spider), budgets incredibly small (As Jack Moffitt noted, 'the giant spaceman must be a fugitive from medieval France since, on his chest, he wears a shield bearing the fleur-de-lis. On his back, is an Assyrian bull, indicating he may have had his cleaning, pressing and mending done in Babylon', Attack of the 50 Foot Woman). From The Astounding She-Monster, another small budget reminder: In the first day of filming, the She-Monster bent over to kill one of the characters and ripped (her) suit in the back ... so in all subsequent scenes, the She-Monster makes exits and entrances facing the camera. Of course, this means she is walking backward much of the time, but aliens are weird.
The book is filled with witty, fanatically in-depth critiques, with insider anecdotes. In addition to detailed plot synopses and production data, Warren cites good and bad reviews from the period, then adds his own analysis of how the film stands up after two or three decades. Credits add to and correct other published sources. Fantastic photographs, drawings, appendices and index are included.

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OK, I'm not sure how much of an audience there is for the science fiction movies of the 1950s anymore, but this is how reference books should be done. It's informative, but it's also written with a ... Read full review

Review: Keep Watching the Skies! American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties, The 21st Century Edition

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OK, I'm not sure how much of an audience there is for the science fiction movies of the 1950s anymore, but this is how reference books should be done. It's informative, but it's also written with a ... Read full review

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Films in Order of Release
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Acknowledgments vii
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Bill Warren (1935-1978) was a British Communist, originally Bill Warren (1935-1978) was a British Communist, originally a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain and later aa member of the Communist Party of Great Britain and later a contributor to "New Left Review". In his last years he was contributor to "New Left Review". In his last years he was a member of the British and Irish Communist Organization. Hea member of the British and Irish Communist Organization. He is best remembered as the author of "Imperialism: Pioneer o is best remembered as the author of "Imperialism: Pioneer of Capitalism". This unconventional Marxist analysis was publf Capitalism". This unconventional Marxist analysis was published posthumously in 1980 and is still being debated. ished posthumously in 1980 and is still being debated.

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