Hollywood Sci-Fi: Flying Saucers and Soviet Scares in the 1950s
Explore the amazing world of 1950s sci fi with acclaimed documentary film-maker Steven C Smith
Until the early 1950s, Hollywood considered science fiction stories to be kids’ stuff. No studio would be release an A-picture based on sci-fi material. But after WWII, that changed dramatically—and we’ll find out why.
Using movie classics like The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Thing from Another World and others, we’ll see how and why top filmmakers crafted sophisticated sci-fi thrillers that also served as allegories for American’s fears about the Soviet Union. (The title of 1952’s Red Planet Mars makes it clear who the real villains are.)