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Thu Dec 29, 2016, 08:19 PM

Anyone ever seen THX-1138?

I saw it years ago on late night local TV. I thought it was a terrific film. I've been reading a biography of George Lucas, and have become interested in his early films, including his student films from USC film school (all of which are available on YouTube).

I won't go into a long dissertation of the themes of the film. I'm just interested in what you think.

One of the finest touches in the film is the voices of android cops. They are dressed in Nazi-esque uniforms with jackboots. But their voices aren't threatening. One would logically expect them to have cliched metallic 'intruder-alert! intruder-alert!' robot voices. Instead, they speak in soft, mellifluous, reassuring tones. I found that an interesting departure from science fiction robot stereotypes.

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Aristus Dec 2016 OP
Turbineguy Dec 2016 #1
rsdsharp Dec 2016 #2
Aristus Dec 2016 #3
rsdsharp Dec 2016 #4
Paladin Jan 2017 #5

Response to Aristus (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2016, 08:48 PM

1. It was filmed during

construction of the BART system.

I agree with your take on the android cops. Their calmness made them even more insidious.

There are some great parts in the film and if I mention them it's a spoiler.

I thought is was a great film.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 12:21 PM

2. I actually saw it in the theatre

during its first (only?) run in 1971. I was 17 at the time.

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Response to rsdsharp (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 12:39 PM

3. What did you think of it?

This was years before Star Wars made George Lucas a household name. So one could judge the film solely on its merits.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 30, 2016, 01:12 PM

4. Bearing in mind that I saw it once -- 45 years ago --

my recollection is that it was a fairly good, if somewhat typical, sci fi film. It certainly didn't have the impact on me that Star Wars did six years later.

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Response to Aristus (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 08:53 PM

5. I remember it as being well done. Wish it turned up more often on TV. (nt)

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