1950s movies marathon – part 9
December 19, 2010 2 Comments
Destination Moon (1950, USA, Pichel)
I expected a bad SF movie, but this has more in common with Victory Through Air Power, Walt Disney’s mad/visionary airplane movie. Except here it’s Robert Heinlein, trying to inspire viewers to aim for the moon. His vision gets a low-budget treatment, and that’s probably a good thing, because it leaves the nerdy core and the Heinleinian touches intact: The heroes are maverick industrialists, and most of the drama comes from realistic engineering and physics problems. Watched it all. This is the earliest space-oriented SF movie I’ve seen that actually feels like one. There’s a direct line from here to Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey – and the actual moonlanding.
This Can’t Happen Here / Sånt händer inte här (1950, Sweden, Bergman)
Yes, but when you make a movie about evil agents from the Soviet Union, why say they’re from the generic dictatorship of “Liquidatzia”, and why pretend they’ve come to a generic small country where everyone just happens to speak Swedish? Cowards. Watched: 15 minutes.
Madeleine (1950, UK, Lean)
I love David Lean’s style here, but it takes something beyond exceptional to make me watch a drama about some rich Victorians and their stupid little love affairs. Watched: 14 minutes.