A gloomy and disturbing transposition of the novel by George Orwell, who had already predicted it all back in 1949, from the invasion of privacy by a dominating Big Brother to the censoring of feelings. John Hurt is fantastic, but Richard Burton is unforgettable in his final performance. A great package, with music by the Eurythmics and the desaturated colors of the photography by Roger Deakins. Beautiful and, still today, underestimated.
Based on the short novel by Harlan Ellison, A Boy and His Dog (1969), the story of an adolescent and his telepathic dog, set on post-apocalyptic moors where survival is dangerous. Directed by a famous character actor from American films and television (Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Casinò) and starring twenty-six-year-old Don Johnson, a bizarre and little-known cult movie, venerated by Quentin Tarantino.
In the future (2012), Spain is dominated by physical beauty and a gang of disabled people carries out incursions against gyms, plastic surgery clinics and wellness centers. Their new raid is the kidnapping of a young heiress, who is transported to the mining planet Axturiax, where her ransom is to be paid. Baroque, grotesque, imaginative, the feature-length debut of de la Iglesia, produced by the Almodóvar brothers.
In the year 2000, feelings no longer exist and total specialization has become a reality. Passenger 14 arrives at an orbital station with a deficit of sex and has to choose between physical acts of love (but the girl can’t speak to him) or sentimental love (in which case she can only speak). A short, bitter and romantic movie, starring Anna Karina, Jacques Charrier and Marilù Tolo, which turns red, blue, green and yellow, until it regains its colors with Karina’s smile.
In a world devastated by environmental disasters, scientists construct robot-children able to feel emotions, while humans seem increasingly incapable of feelings. From a short story by Brian Aldiss (Supertoys Last All Summer Long) and based on an unfinished screenplay by Stanley Kubrick, a futuristic variation of Pinocchio, one of Spielberg’s gloomiest and most personal movies, a textbook digression on the fragile boundary between human and synthetic.
In a society in a deep economic crisis, some high school students are chosen at random by the government and sent to an island to massacre each other. A famous adolescent sci-fi-adventure movie which sparked endless polemics when it was released because of its violence and hopeless gloom. But it was also one of Japan’s highest-grossing films ever.
Alex is a scientist who has designed the supercomputer Proteus and computerized his own home. When Alex refuses to give Proteus a free terminal for its research, Proteus takes over the domestic one and begins to spy on Susan, the scientist’s wife. A distressing near future, locked inside an obliging and independent house which becomes a prison, a dystopia by the co-director (with Roeg) of Performance. It’s no surprise that Proteus is attracted to Susan: she’s the splendid Julie Christie.
A few decades after a nuclear catastrophe, humans have returned to a primitive state; they live in rural communities and fight for their survival. Two teenagers, Glen and Randa, decide to go in search of the city he had seen depicted in a Wonder Woman comic book. Directed by Jim McBride before his Hollywood period (Great Balls of Fire, The Big Easy), an unusual moral fable with hippie overtones.
Based on The Magellanic Cloud by Stanislaw Lem and set in the year 2163, this film from 1955 inspired Kubrick, Lucas and Star Trek, among others. A space mission is searching for alien life and, besides the many dangers it must face during its voyage, the crew must also deal with the inclinations and self-destructive instincts of 20th-century humanity. Futuristic art direction, intelligence and irony for a film that was ahead of its time, in an uncut and restored version.
Godard’s episode of Ro.Go.Pa.G. (the collective film by Rossellini, Godard, Pasolini and Gregoretti) describes an unnamed city-symbol (Paris, actually); after an atomic bomb explodes, the inhabitants find themselves the same as before but without any feelings: a narrator’s voice and live shooting in pure nouvelle vague style for this parable of quiet desperation, starring Jean-Marc Bory and Alexandra Stewart.