We’re quickly approaching the 38th anniversary of the US release of Nicolas Roeg’s haunting tale of alienation, The Man Who Fell to Earth. Leading up to May 28, website Dangerous Minds shared a set of photos that show star David Bowie, who plays the humanoid alien that lands on Earth in search of water for his barren planet, filming the dreamlike picture.
The movie was created during the New Wave era of science fiction in the ‘60s and ‘70s. The period was marked by an experimental approach (in story and style) that looked beyond the traditional pulp tales of the past and balked at the notion that “hard” science and rational explanations were necessary to craft otherworldly scenes. Altering perceptions with an art house style, the New Wave science fiction canon is an inspiring set of stunning and unusual films.
We revisited several of those movies — the ones that you might have missed (beyond Solaris and La Jetée) — and a few that are evocative of the movement.
Based on a Harlan Ellison novella of the same name, A Boy and His Dog follows an 18-year-old wanderer named Vic (Don Jonson) who scavenges a post-apocalyptic wasteland in search of food and sex with his telepathic dog (named Blood). The duo encounters an underground society, which plans on using Vic to repopulate its people and then dispose of him. Created during the height of exploitation cinema, the cult film puts a smart twist on those elements, and is praised for its sardonic view of the future.