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Ben Mankiewicz just introduced Forbidden Planet on TCM by explaining that it is of course based on The Tempest, except that said play "didn't have spaceships, robots, and invisible monsters. Which is why I don't care for it."

Um, no. It just has (sorcerously-induced) shipwrecks, monsters, and invisible spirits. *thwack* Yeah, I know, joke. But an irritating one.

Speaking of which, I blew it by not going to see Julie Taymor's film when it first turned up at the Icon on Roosevelt (the only place it played in Chicagoland). By this past Thursday, when I was actually willing to contemplate shlepping downtown to see, they only had a 9:30 pm show. *pout*

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batwrangler
Jan. 2nd, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
I missed the intro, but tuned in in time to hear Robbie the Robot say, in response to a comment about the Forbidden Planet's high oxygen content, "I rarely use it myself. It promotes rust." :)
wiliqueen
Jan. 2nd, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
I love that line! Makes me laugh every time.
jennetj
Jan. 2nd, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
When I first looked at seeing Tempest they only had a 10pm show, so not much change, alas.
wiliqueen
Jan. 2nd, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
They had 2 or 3 shows the very first weekend. I should have jumped then.
maiac
Jan. 3rd, 2011 12:03 pm (UTC)
Ben Mankiewicz has probably never seen Return to the Forbidden Planet, Shakespeare's long-lost rock musical. (I was lucky enough to see it in London. It opened in New York a couple of years later, and then closed almost immediately. I've never understood what happened there.)
wiliqueen
Jan. 3rd, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
I've heard of that, but unfortunately no more. Maybe it was just before its time; seems like the sort of thing that would be a huge hit now.
maiac
Jan. 3rd, 2011 01:34 pm (UTC)
It was obviously a cult hit in London, like Rocky Horror without the toast. Maybe it was a huge hit with a small audience. Or maybe the NYC production was underfunded and not publicized well enough. I was very sad when it disappeared so quickly. I'd been hoping for a touring company. I'd *love* to see it again. I have the cast album (which includes the dialogue, not just the songs), but it's not the same without the cheesy costumes and set.

The script is fabulous. Even the lines that aren't stolen from Shakespeare plays are in blank verse.

...I just had a mental image of a Slings and Arrows episode in which Oliver had scheduled a production of "Return to the Forbidden Planet", so Geoffrey has to direct it. Hilarity would ensue.
wiliqueen
Jan. 3rd, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
Hilarity would ensue.

It so very, very would. :-D
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