Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Sci Fi milestones of the late 60's

The late 60's, to be precise the year 1968, gave us the two very important movies in the science fiction genre: The planet of apes and 2001: Space Odyssey.
I must admit I was a bit annoyed by the rather crude, inflexible ape masks in Planet of apes and an introductory part of 2001: Space Odyssey, playing with some highly dubious scientific premises (the pre-human hominids looking unconvincingly and living in the barren desert, hunting South American rain forest tapirs).
However, when I put aside these rather technical, minor flaws, the movies were spectacular and left a lasting impression on me.

My Superman panel cartoon

Super heroes were never my thing. Probably because I have gotten to reading them when I was too old for adopting the stuff. It was around 1965 or 66, when a friend from my class, Tihomir Varga (Tini) came back from Argentina, after living there for a couple of years, with a big stack of American comics. I couldn't understand everything, but the comics were spectacular. I loved Zorro, Mighty Samson and Turok son of stone.
Here is one of the covers for Turok, which was obviously inspired by Zdenek Burian's painting (below):

The first comics I have read

Although at first the comic strips were forbidden in the post war ex Yugoslavia, for being a typical "capitalist invention", the brave artists and publishers persisted and started to issue new comic periodicals. I have been a reader of a couple of best comic magazines from the late 50's and early 60's: Kekec (Serbian) and Plavi vjesnik (Croatian).

The importance of a film score

I am getting the impression the importance of the original movie score has been neglected in the recent movies. Some of the old movies sound backgrounds were incredible. Ennio Moriccone's western scores are fantastic:

The great movie decade

The 70's was a decade of many exceptionally well produced movies. So, there were also some nice westerns. I am listing just a few here.