Forbidden Planet & Fantastic Planet at Aero

As part of its four-day series of "Far Out Space Films," the American Cinematheque presents a double bill of FORBIDDEN PLANET and FANTASTIC PLANET.

FORBIDDEN PLANET is the 1956 classic, loosely inspired by Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST, in which an Earth space ship lands on a planet where a previous mission crash-landed decades ago. They find a scientist and his beautiful daughter, with whom the Earth ship's captain (prefiguring STAR TREK by several years) falls in love. Unfortunately, a mysterious, invisible force stalks the world, killing the crewmen. Although a bit corny by modern standards, this is a great film, filled with spectacular special effects and a genuine sense of wonder.

FANTASTIC PLANET has more of a cult flavor to it, being a French animiated film about a strange race of beings on an alien world. Reportedly, money ran out before the film was finished, so the ending seems a bit abrupt. Nevertheless, the film is an interesting one, which should appeal to science fiction fans looking for something different.

Location: Aero Theatre - 1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street in Santa Monica
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Dates: Sunday, June 21 at 7:30pm