La Planète Sauvage
That’s “Fantastic Planet” to you and me
Big ups to Devin for bringing a new 35mm print of this deeply weird 1973 animated feature to Albuquerque as part of his commendable Alibi Midnight Movie series at The Guild. Tube-addicts who watched USA’s Night Flight series in the late 80s may recall seeing bits and pieces of this gloomy, grotesque and compelling science fiction parable (with awesome psych-
René Laloux directs, but it’s largely designer Roland Topor’s film. Drenched with classic Wellsian and Swiftian allegory, the film has emotional resonance as well as a unique visual style thanks not only to Topor’s vision, but also to the Czech animators who executed it. Easily one of the best science fiction films of all time.