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When Worlds Collide(1951)

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  • In the final shot we see the Ark passengers disembarking with an obvious painted background depicting Zyra. This bad painting was tacked on for the film's sneak previews. Originally, producer George Pal wanted to depict Zyra as a miniature set, but Paramount shipped the film out before this could be done.
  • Their is a shot toward the end of a group of people sitting around a country store listening to the radio. Among them the little boy and dog later rescued by helicopter. The same shot shows up in War of the Worlds, The (1953)


  • andromeda_girl (2008-01-18)

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    In the trivia above, there is a comment about a 'bad' matte painting depicting Zyra. That 'bad' matte painting was made by the great Chesley Bonestell. What appears in the film is his unfinished painting, as the production was rushed and he was forced to hand over the incomplete painting to allow the film to be finished.
    Chesley Bonestell's outstanding and pioneering work in space art can be seen in such films as Destination Moon, Conquest of Space, War of the Worlds, and Citizen Kane, among many others. His work also appears in the seminal works on early space exploration proposed by the likes of Willey Ley and Wherner Von Braun, in titles such as Across the Space Frontier, Conquest of Space, Conquest of the Moon, the Exploration of Mars, the 'man in space' Collier's series of 1952, and many others. His paintings easily best those of contemporary space artists working in the digital realm.
    Considering what is in the film is an -unfinished- underpainting only, it is actually quite amazing, and a peek into his work process.

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