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The Illustrated Man (1969)

PG | | Sci-Fi | 26 March 1969 (USA)
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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The full size crashed spaceship used in the second segment, The Long Rain" is actually the spaceship used in Planet of the Apes (1968), Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), and Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971). See more »

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When Carl first arrives at Felicia's house, Felicia is wearing a black robe with a 2 inch wide green satin trim on the sleeves. In the scene where she gives Carl a glass of lemonade and then holds his hand, it is plainly visible that the trim is completely torn along a seam. Felicia then walks into another room and starts unfolding something at a table. The same seam is visible again, but it's now intact and not torn. 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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Featured in Fantastic Fantasy Fright-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996) See more »

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I don't understand
24 March 2004 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I don't understand why this movie is rated so low. I think this a really great movie. It is strange, surprising, original and funny. It combines several genres and narratives. I like the main character, the silent and gruff illustrated man and the way he is filmed in the quiet surroundings of the lake and I like the futuristic design in some of the other scenes. I have always had weakness for these 'Canterbury tales'-like stories within a story and I especially like this film because the stories within he story are so diverse, while the movie does not become fragmented. The movie reminds me a bit of the 'books of blood' from Clive Barker, which consists of stories of 'ghosts', inscribed on the skin of a man ('written in blood').

If you like to be surprised, watch this movie!


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