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The Illustrated Man (1969)

M  |   |  Sci-Fi  |  26 March 1969 (USA)
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The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury, a collection of eighteen startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin, visions as keen as the tattooist's ... See full summary »

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The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury, a collection of eighteen startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin, visions as keen as the tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body. The images, ideas, sounds and scents that abound in this phantasmagoric sideshow are provocative and powerful: the mournful cries of celestial travelers cast out cruelly into a vast space of stars and blackness, the sight of gray dust settling over a forgotten outpost on a road that leads nowhere, the pungent odor of Jupiter on a returning father's clothing. Here living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets. Written by Stig Ohara

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Don't dare stare at the illustrated man.

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According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this film has the record for longest time applying make-up each day, at 20 hours. See more »

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During the opening credits (at 5 minutes into the film..at the "Screenplay by" credits), as the camera circles above the characters swimming, the helicopter shadow can be seen in the lower right corner as it circles. See more »

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Felicia: Each person who tries to see beyond his own time must face questions to which there cannot yet be proven answers.
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Wild animals affection-trained at Africa, U.S.A. See more »

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Bradbury telling Bradbury
23 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a set of chilling tales that come to life on the body of the title character. They are the vehicle. They express his pain and his despair. Once he is tattooed, he loses control of the effect of the stories. They are the stories. The one that has stayed with me the longest is the day after the end of the world tale, which has the saddest of conclusions. Some have even said this is a sick story. What would we do to prevent pain? What would we do to show our love? How could we go on with what we have done? These questions float over this episode. Ray Bradbury loves to take fantasy/scifi above the typical and integrate it with romance (not romantic love). He must have absorbed every ounce of his surroundings during his childhood. Here, Rod Steiger brings these tales to life and makes us think.


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