George Pal

SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “Destination Moon” (1950)

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It’s easy to forget what a watershed this film is, there are far better films only a few years down the road, and earlier SF films like “Flash Gordon” and “Buck Rogers,” but, really, this is *the* one that started it all. This is *the* film that gave birth to SF as an actual cinematic genre, and something more than sword and sorcery in space. It’s also the birth of Producer George Pal’s career as the unsung John Ford of speculative fiction. He *is* what Ridley Scott claimed he wanted to be in the late 70s/early 80s, if we can set aside differences of style, pacing, scripting, and whatnot.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “Conquest of Space” (1955)

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Back in June I reviewed George Pal’s first Science Fiction film, “Destination Moon” (Here:
http://www.republibot.com/content/classic-sf-movie-review-%E2%80%9Cdesti... ) a movie with some fairly profound pacing problems and spotty acting, but a heart as big as all outdoors. Ridley Scott once said that he wanted to be “The John Ford of Science Fiction Cinema,” though really Pal had already filled that role. Pal’s career went onward and upward from “moon,” cranking out a new eye-popping Science Fiction film every year, each one more successful than the rest. I had hoped to review all of his movies in the order they were released so we could sort of chart his progression as a film maker, but I guess that isn’t gonna’ happen, so let’s just jump right to the bitter end of his surprising run of successful films with “Conquest of Space.”

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