cheesy sci-fi from the 70s, nonetheless, an important and very relevant achievement regarding the need of a Great black culture (in a way, Sun Ra tries to re-write History). SPACE IS THE PLACE marks the beginning of Afrofuturism in cinema and is, without a doubt, and despite its flaws, a movie that needs to be seen.
Nice effort of promoting music as a powerful tool for freedom. It's really a wacky spin on the Seventh Seal, very enjoyable. It has to be noted however that for a movie preaching equality and freedom the women in this movie are never more than a pleasure for the eye... I think when you make statements on equality you should really think through your iconography.
The absolute capacity of music language faces the figurative mechanics of cinema and shivers way before Sun Ra's grandeur - one of the musicians of the second half of the twentieth century, with Miles, Coltrane and Sly Stone that discovered a new world of sounds and advanced the art. If the start and end still show a chance of futurism, the rest is a weak parody that only holds up by the document that is.
One of the most imaginative, substantial, and important films of the twentieth-century, a blaxploitation explosion of free jazz and afro-futurism as Sun Ra battles nihilism and offers hope with philosophy. This movie is far ahead of its time, and while hallucinatory and dream-like, it is also all too real and incisive, a cosmic commentary on this electronic age. Wowed and amazed.