Formality in the future

And talking of dinner jackets (May 23rd)...

No film starring El Brendel can be all good (he was a particularly irritating comedian who appeared in a number of pre-war Hollywood films). Just Imagine (1930) is one his most interesting - the first science fiction talkie (and musical), made as a riposte to Fritz Lang's Metropolis, and including some spectacular model sets (right). Brendel's character is struck by lightning and finds himself in 1980 - a sci-fi future with flying cars, baby-vending machines and a trip to Mars.

It's not intended to be taken seriously, and predictive films always get a number of things wildly wrong: but I was particularly amused by the fact that though food has been replaced by a small handful of pills per meal, people are still dressing for dinner.

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Posted: Sun - June 4, 2006 at 09:04 AM by Roger Wilmut          



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