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Encyclopedia > Dark Star (motion picture)

Dark Star is a 1973 motion picture directed by John Carpenter and co-written with Dan O'Bannon. Although destined for eventual release in 1974, this was only possible as a consequence of a successful series of showings at a number of film festivals in 1973. The film was too short at 68 minutes, and an additional fifteen minutes were shot for cinematic release. O'Bannon also stars in the film in the role of Pinback, the whiny, frustrated janitor. 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... This article is about the director, for the composer see John Alden Carpenter. ... Dan OBannon (born Daniel Thomas OBannon on September 30, 1946 in St. ... 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... A film festival is a mostly annual festival showcasing films, usually of a recent date, sometimes with a focus on a specific genre (e. ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ...

Four lonely, stoned hippy astronauts are adrift in space, have several adventures and find various ways to relieve their boredom. The film also features an encounter with a large orange-red web-footed inflatable beachball alien of the entirely unconvincing variety. The genre of the film is essentially one of science-fiction comedy and despite some of its 'low budget' special effects, it is often seen as seminal, a forerunner of the Alien series. This isn't surprising, since Dan O'Bannon later wrote the script for the first Alien, although it was heavily rewritten. Hippies (singular hippie or sometimes hippy) were members of the 1960s counterculture movement who adopted a communal or nomadic lifestyle, renounced corporate nationalism and the Vietnam War, embraced aspects of Buddhism, Hinduism, and/or Native American religious culture, and were otherwise at odds with traditional middle class Western values. ... U.S. Space Shuttle astronaut Bruce McCandless II using a manned maneuvering unit. ... Alien (1979), directed by Ridley Scott, is an extremely popular and influential science fiction/horror film that spawned several sequels and imitators. ...


Carpenter described Dark Star, tongue in cheek, as "Waiting for Godot in space". Sarcasm is the making of remarks intended to mock the person referred to (who is normally the person addressed), a situation or thing. ... Vladimir and Estragon consider their carrot Waiting for Godot is an absurdist play by Samuel Beckett, written in the late 1940s and first published in 1952. ...


It is also singled out as an example of "philosophy in the cinema" on account of the "talking bomb" sequence, where a strategy to prevent the unintended detonation of a renegade onboard explosive device is devised based upon teaching the bomb the rudiments of phenomenalism (with amusingly unexpected results). Another key interpretational theme is the caricature of the Vietnam War legacy of 'mischief emerging from tedium' among military types on long uneventful missions. This article is about explosive devices. ... In the philosophy of perception, phenomenalism is the view that physical objects, properties, events (whatever is physical) are reducible to mental objects, properties, events. ... The Vietnam War was a war fought roughly from 1957 to 1975 after the North Vietnamese government secretly agreed to begin involvement in South Vietnam. ...


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Benson is a city located in Cochise County, Arizona, 45 miles east-southeast of Tucson. ...

See also

  • Dark Star (disambiguation page) for other works with this title

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