June 14, 1956 in UK cinemas: Forbidden Planet

“IT’S OUT OF THIS WORLD!”

Forbidden_Planet-1955Forbidden Planet (also known as Fatal Planet) is an American science fiction film from MGM, produced by Nicholas Nayfack, directed by Fred M. Wilcox and starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen. Shot in Eastmancolor and CinemaScope, it is considered one of the great science fiction films of the 1950s, a precursor of what was to come for science fiction cinema. The characters and isolated setting have been compared to those in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Its plot contains certain story analogues to the play.

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Forbidden Planet is noted for pioneering several aspects of science fiction cinema. It was the first science fiction film to depict humans traveling in a faster-than-light starship of their own creation. It was also the first to be set entirely on another planet in interstellar space, far away from Earth. The Robby the Robot character is one of the first film robots that was more than just a mechanical “tin can” on legs; Robby displays a distinct personality and is an integral supporting character in the film. Outside of science fiction, the film was groundbreaking as the first of any genre to use an entirely electronic musical score, courtesy of Bebe and Louis Barron.

Forbidden Planet’s effects team was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 29th Academy Awards. In 2013, the picture was entered into the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. [Wikipedia]

A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet’s colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. [IMDB]

Watch the trailer on the Movieclips Trailer Vault YouTube Channel.

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