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Decoding 'Klaatu Barada Nikto': Science Fiction as Metaphor (2008)


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Cast overview:
Richard Keenan ...
Himself - Author of 'The Films of Robert Wise'
Arnold H. Orgolini ...
Himself (as Arnold Orgolini)
Curtis Peebles ...
Himself - Aerospace historian
Guy V. Beckwith ...
Himself, professor of history
Julian Blaustein ...
Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Florence Blaustein ...
Herself - Widow of Julian Blaustein
Arne Westad ...
Himself - Professor of international history
Susie North ...
Herself - Daughter of Edmund North
Vivian Sobchack ...
Herself - Author of 'Screening Space: The American Science Fiction Film'
Himself - Film historian
Himself (archive footage)
Billy Gray ...


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Release Date:

2 December 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tieteisseikkailut vertauskuvana  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Included in Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's 2008 2-disc special edition DVD release of The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). See more »


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28 April 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Decoding 'Klaatu Barada Nikto': Science Fiction as Metaphor (2008)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another highly entertaining featurette that can be found on Fox's release of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. Richard Keenan, Curtis Peebles, Guy V. Beckwith and Arne Westad are some of the historians who comment on everything from what was going on in the world at the time the film was being made and they also discuss the various metaphors in the film including Klaatu being modeled after Jesus Christ. Other subjects discussed include the meaning of the now legendary Klaatu Barada Nikto. Fans of the Robert Wise film will certainly be interesting in what this thing has to offer. Being a fan of classic movies I always like to read about what was going on during history at the same time a movie was in the theater so it's fascinating to hear how troubled the country and world for that matter were leading up to this being put onto movie screens. We get some very interesting stories that make you think about the film's message and how it even relates to today's times.

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