Monday, January 25, 2010

Altaira & Co. from The Forbidden Planet (1956)

Proof of fashion in heavy rotation can arguably be found in the old futuristic science fiction movie, probably second to none other than War of the Worlds (1953), The Forbidden Planet (1965). It is based on the Tempest, and suspenseful at every turn. The synthetic sounds add to an undercurrent of entrancing discomfort, crossfading into the silence of outer space and clinical, serious dialogue.

Anne Francis handles the role as the daughter of a self-exiled hermit and closet megalomaniac with aplomb. Her performance as the otherworldly Altaira is beguiling. Her pet robot processes her orders to make clothes with precious green emeralds out of thin air. Is that not a dream? One wonders if she has alien DNA; her actions are unsettling; graceful, childlike, and unknowing. Interestingly, the outfits she wears, once portrayed as fantastical and absurdly short costumery, are now being placed on a pedestal in the fashion world. As special effects are becomingly increasingly digitized, with the art of frame by frame drawings and paintings rapidly disappearing, the ones employed in this movie at times seem cheesy, yet surprisingly sophisticated. A visual and ponderable feast that is sure to fulfill your geeky needs, and exceedingly in that respect, many times over. Watch it at YouTube.

Sequins, mi lady?

Balmain? That's so millenia ago.

No wait, gold rivets. Wait. Gold still exists?

He didn't notice my collar!

We're talking about synchrony - hot uniforms. Pressed to be dressed.

Your necklace caught my attention.

Yes, that was the intention. I'm glad you've finally taken notice.

We must find this Gareth Pugh character, and question him.

But question is really a euphemism for interrogation.

Hear ye, hear ye, the all-white wrap dress

That looks like it could transform into a jumpsuit or resort maxi dress.

I like my bow/tie to match in more ways than one.

The bow/tie needs no tying too.

*Shell-shocked expressions*

*Nodding in agreement*

The new posse.

This is a black tie EVENT!

He secretly loves our simple caps with the logo and our multifunctional belts. And by multifunctional, I mean they can carry more than one object, especially act as a holster for our ray guns. You got me? Take care of your guns! I know he digs 'em.

I can't stand the drapery,

or that sheerness, your plunging V-neck line-

Or that flouncy skirt!

Don't be alarmed, the man wears a cape!

Altaira, we give up, how can we beat your perfectly cinched waist?

But wait! Is there a worthy opponent?

I shouldn't have worn this greyish-blue! It was too much for him to bear!

It's alright, it defeated that monster of an outfit.

In the future, what's a girl to do when no one can tell what's Winter or Spring anymore!

Hold your horses, Little Blue Riding Hood.

That robot's gonna be the next big thing.

Ah. How I long to be in an era like that. In case you aren't wondering, which I am guessing you still aren't wondering, that dashing James Bond lookalike is actually Mr. Magoo, aka Leslie Nielsen.

-Miss C.

39 comments:

  1. A very brainy quote, precisely why one should watch the movie. I imagine that such creativity is hard to teach, but how the writers thought, and interpreted the tempest should be inspirational enough for people to think about and emulate in their own way.

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  2. Oh look, strangely, there is a remake this year. No such things as coincidences anymore! The postmodern cycle continues...Maybe we will all wear the same outfits one day. Or not?

    http://sffmedia.com/films/science-fiction-films/275-forbidden-planet-trilogy-with-james-cameron-freud-shakespeare-and-robby-the-robot.html

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  3. 目標是什麼不重要,目標能產生什麼樣的效果才重要........................................

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  4. 愛,拆開來是心和受兩個字。用心去接受對方的一切,用心去愛對方的所有。................................................................

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  5. 馬丁路德:「即使知道明天世界即將毀滅,我仍願在今天種下一棵小樹。」............................................................

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  6. 我真心在追求我的夢想時,每一天都是繽紛的。因為我知道每一個小時都是實現理想 的一部份。..................................................

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  7. 河水永遠是相同的,可是每一剎那又都是新的。. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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  8. 一個人的價值,應該看他貢獻了什麼,而不是他取得了什麼............................................................

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  9. 唯有用熱情、用智慧去觀察事物,這事物才會把他的秘密,洩漏給我們......................................................................

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