A Pictorial History of Science Fiction Films by Jeff Rovin

By Jeff Rovin

A pictorial historical past of the early 40's via early 70's technology fiction videos. Describes many of the video clips, the actors who have been in them, and the issues that have been performed to accomplish the consequences that made sci-fi what it truly is. essential for any early sci-fi motion picture buff.

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What Marty saw outside his window was a movie as real as an Andy Warhol long-form epic, with all the expressive action of a John Ford Western, as brutal as a Warner Brothers gangster movie, as defined and vivid as the New York cinema of Kazan, Lumet, and Cassavetes, and as splendid as a biblical epic or ancient Roman gladiator opera. 3:32 P1: 000 GGBD163C04 C8705/LoBrutto Top Margin: 5/8in Gutter Margin: 3/4in October 17, 2007 3:32 P1: 000 GGBD163C05 C8705/LoBrutto Top Margin: 5/8in Gutter Margin: 3/4in October 17, 2007 5 In My Room Martin Scorsese’s view from his room onto the world of the street was so limited that the height and width of the open window became the aspect ratio for the films he would make, even before he knew he was going to be a filmmaker.

Like many Italian boys Marty wanted a red jacket. Often the color attracted because of its boldness, but for Scorsese it was a complex iconography; religious, temperamental, and personal. He was dissuaded by family and friends. His father told him only pimps wore red and the guys on the corner complained it drew police like flies. New York City gangs of the era wore black leather jackets, tee shirts, and jeans like Marlon Brando in The Wild One, but Scorsese’s crew wore tailored sharkskin suits.

Marty ran in and saw a sixteen-inch, black-andwhite RCA Victor television. A sign of an embryonic filmmaker is their response to a screen, or, in this case, a television tube. The image is only as big or small as the images imply—not their actual measurement. Those fascinated by moving images respond to a forty-foot screen or a television monitor, a virtual postage stamp compared to a motion picture theater screen. They are brought into the picture by what goes on within the frame. They can enter it regardless of size; it is visual storytelling.

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