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Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Man from the First Century

Muž z prvního století (The Man from the First Century, 1962, directed by Oldřich Lipský) is the first Czechoslovak SF movie set completely in the future. The story itself is a social satire showing a contemporary guy who accidentaly undergoes a space travel by the first interstellar spaceship. Because of the relativistic effects he returns after 500 years, together with a friendly invisible alien whom he met in space. The society lives in utopian harmony and has all the typical features of the communist paradise, although the communism is not mentioned. Contrast of this "man from the first centrury after sputnik" and the idealised people who are funny as well brings a variety of comical situations. The movie is especially interesting for its totally futuristic design made by movie architect Jan Zázvorka.

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