ANTEBELLUM ia obsessed with B&W sci-fi and monster films from the 1950s.
please join us for our premiere screening of
ORIGINAL 16MM FILM projected on a screen!JUNE~ FRIDAY THE 13TH7PM$10 COVERNO~HOST BARKINKY ARTLIVELY CHATBEAUTIFUL PATIO FOR PRE & POST SCREENING RELAXATIONANTEBELLUM1643 N LAS PALMAS AVEHOLLYWOOD, CA 90028323 856~0667
black-and-white science fiction film directed by Robert Wise. It was written by Edmund H. North, based on the 1940 short story "Farewell to the Master" by Harry Bates.
The film stars Michael Rennie,Patricia Neal and Hugh Marlowe.
Although subtle, they are enough content that is not immediately obvious to all viewers which elements were intended to compare Klaatu to Christ. For example, when Klaatu escapes from the hospital, he steals the clothing of a "Maj. Carpenter," carpentry being the profession Jesus learned from his father Joseph. At the end, he rises from the dead and ascends into the sky. Other similarities include his apprehension at night, being a friend to children, having wisdom and knowledge far beyond any human being, and the people wanting a sign.
The phrase "Klaatu barada nikto" has appeared repeatedly in fiction and in popular culture. The Robot Hall of Fame described it as "one of the most famous commands in science fiction", and the most famous phrase ever spoken by an extraterrestrial."
- Michael Rennie as Klaatu
- Patricia Neal as Helen Benson
- Billy Gray as Bobby Benson
- Hugh Marlowe as Tom Stevens
- Sam Jaffe as Professor Jacob Barnhardt
- Frances Bavier as Mrs. Barley
- Lock Martin as Gort
- Frank Conroy as Mr. Harley
- Tyler McVey as Brady (uncredited)