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Conquest of Space(1955)

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  • In spite of everything, a landmark

    • Alvin
    • 12/30/11

    The first half of George Pal's ambitious space adventure never rises above the routine -- though the special effects set new standards for the times -- and it's marred by Pal's fondness for juvenile, almost crude humor. (Apparently he believed science-fiction had to be "sold" to an audience and humor was one way of doing this.) However, once the 6-man crew sets off for Mars, a transformation takes place and the movie's second half begins to exert a spell of wonderment -- aided by a fine musical score -- which, even after more than half-a-century, continues to reward the thoughtful viewer. Especially worth noting are the ship's encounter with a collision-course asteroid, a deep-space funeral scene, and a Christmas celebration on Mars. While now dated in many ways, think what a glory this must have been to a 10-year-old-boy back in 1955.

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