ByDerrick Elder, writer at

The Forbidden Planet was a milestone in sci-fi cinema. It brought the audience a spectacular widescreen realization of an alien world, its depiction of far future space exploration, and the first of what would be a long line of cinematic robots. The Forbidden Planet began with a story, The Fatal Planet, written by Allen Adler and Irving Block. Alder was a man who was known as a theatre producer, public relations executive, and aspiring sci-fi novelist. Block was known for his paintings (with murals, etc.), he took on the studio for the special effects. Block later claimed that its central idea of a father and daughter shipwrecked in space was lifted from his favorite play, William Shakespeare's The Tempest.

The Forbidden Planet is arguably the best science fiction movie of the 1950’s. Forbidden Planet worked as all good science fiction does: it examines ourselves. Quite literally, it looked into the materialization of our own inner demons. While most ’50s movies are ruined by obviously wire strung rockets or just plain bad acting, Forbidden Planet continues to view like a top of the line movie, some forty years later.

Starring Leslie Nielson, Walter Pidgeon and Anne Francis, it tells the tale of a ship from Earth investigating the missing expedition to Altair IV. When they arrive they find that most of the crew had died nearly two decades before with only a scientist and his daughter still alive. The scientist’s inner hate for all things foreign to the world begins to fatally manifest through the alien world’s advance technology, especially once love blooms between the ship’s captain and the scientist’s daughter. The 50th anniversary of Forbidden Planet was in 2006.


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