I actually only watched an 8mm home version of this on an old projector, and I think it was shortened to about 12 minutes, but if the 12 minute version is any indication, this is a real classic! I watched it a bunch of times, always a hit at my 8mm film parties. Also the 8mm version is silent, so it goes really well with "1969" by The Stooges, or probably anything else.
3.8 This SF-classic ages well thanks to the restrained performances and the strong story (the message is not very subtle, though). The spaceship´s interior design is timeless; Hermann´s music is great, but it´s difficult to appreciate: it has been ripped off in every other SF parody...
Mixing the mundane and the magnificent, this classic plays with your expectations as it makes you think and entertains you in equal proportions. With a brillaintly-casted and mannered performance by Rennie, a thoughtful but not too heavy-handed script, and awesome Hermmann score, this is a classic that's both of its time and relevant today.
Fantastic Sci-fi movie. One of my favorites from my childhood when my mom would watch it. I actually was fortunate enough to meet Patricia Neal when I was a wheelchair attendant at the Cincinnati Airport. I had a cup of tea with her as she talked about Gary Cooper and Roald Dahl and her children. Fascinating and kind person, and great in this movie among others.
3-4. Intriguing; a lot more low-key than I was expecting. Actually mostly appears to be about the alien meditating on humanity and interacting with our various representatives: the 'innocent child', the 'greedy' man, the 'thinking man', the 'level-headed mother', etc. Not stylistically distinct (as is expected with Robert Wise) but very competently put together. Sadly lacking in immediate conflict 'til the ending.
La llegada de un extraño que viene a aprender sobre la humanidad, y se marcha dejando una lección de humanidad. Wise y un clásico sobre la Guerra Fría desde una mirada de la ciencia ficción. Se reconoce aquí a una sociedad tensa (disparando antes de reconocer) y egoísta (que no duda en delatar a beneficio propio). Escena clave sucede en una mesa donde personajes debaten, rebelando casi siempre una ofensiva nata.
“I am fearful when I see people substituting fear for reason.” - Jesus-Klatu. I loved the film's message though I don't know about this benevolent police state business. Nice subdued performances by Rennie and Neal, and Tover's cinematography is as pleasurable as Hermann's score.