Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)

Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) Thanks to NASA’s Perseverance rover, we can now see just how close Mars resembles Zabriskie Point, the location shot for this film. Academy Award matte artist Albert Whitlock channeled NASA’S  Sixties’ scientific understanding of spacecraft and the Red Planet, assisted by Albert Nozaki, from War of the Worlds, for the alien fighting ships. Which is to say, visual design remains far more interesting than the acting or the plot, with the possible exception of Mona the Monkey. Byron Haskin directed his low-budget production with freedom and ingenuity. The most frightening thing for mankind is to feel absolutely alone in the universe, so Defoe’s classic introduces a Man Friday, escaping from being enslaved by alien invaders. A far more existential treatment occurs in Ridley Scott’s 2015 The Martian.

 

That distant blue bubble is a planet

Spawning new varieties of life forms

In an attempt to escape the orbit

Gravity protects from radial storms.

 

 

Black holes — space cannibals — crunch and expand,

Or is the predatory only what

Human science can truly understand,

Designing exploratory robots.

 

 

 

 

 

Clawing through rock for a gasp of water,

Hoping this archaeology of draught

Accounts for how the scorched ground grew hotter,

Perseverance prongs dig quite a long shot.

 

 

And now the reward: the wind song of Mars

Wheezes its slow, dry abrasions through stone

And temperatures strafe metallic scars

As research data makes a safe return.

 

 

Something on the periphery arcs through.

Ask Area 51 what to do.

 

[Disposable Poem February 22, 2021]

Dr. Mike

 

 


2 thoughts on “Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)

  1. OF COURSE I READ THE BOOKS (“THE MARTIAN)&SAW THE SCIENCE FICTION FILMSBut most of all,i wanted to meet David Bowie and H.G.Wells”Is there life on Mars?”YES-i am here,eating MARS BARSre-screening WAR OF THE WORLDS and SHAPE OF THINGS TO COMEWhat i love most are the photographs-reminds me of global warming..Deserts,meteor holes,dust and thin air-O Libya! O Sudan!O Eritrea!So they filmed STAR WARS in Tunisia-it LOOKS like another planetLike that Valley of Fire outside Lost Vagueness(where they filmed STAR TREK)Now they have video-of me waving to the camera,with my oxygen pillsand my melted icecaps caused by artificially induced global warming..No monsters here.Just junked derelict spacecraft.One way -i paid Musk I said i would be happier living on Mars.He took my money So here i am ,sharing space dreams with H.G Wells and Jules Verne…They say they saw David Bowie-but it could have been an alien…Astral..Alien..SATURDAY MARCH 6=,10-noonPOETRY ALOUD!Zoom Meeting ID 82797572020 Password -Gull.Then 7pm THE LION &THE PIRATE Zoom Meeting ID 85323118334 Password 146923 –

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