History Film / ThingsToCome

4th Aug '16 10:17:51 PM R.G.
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Wells had intended the film to be a response to Creator/FritzLang's ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', and he hoped to do everything he felt Lang had gotten wrong in envisioning the future. To that extent, the whole thing can basically be looked at as an extended author filibuster, with characters who are little more than two dimensional ciphers who don't do anything but talk earnestly about how self destructive and brutal the world is and how great the world would be if only it were governed rationally along socialist/modernist lines. Because, y'know, progress! Unfortunately for Wells, the movie bombed, and a lot of the ideas that informed his vision turned out to have severe defects that make the movie look really dated, and not just for aesthetic and historical reasons. But on the other hand, there's tons of SceneryPorn and the cinematography is pretty well done. It's also impossible to overstate how influential the movie was. Its ideas and general feel influenced Science Fiction writers well into the '70s. For example, Creator/GeneRoddenberry's [[Franchise/StarTrek Federation]] and Creator/IsaacAsimov's Literature/{{Foundation}} are more or less expanded versions of Wells' future.

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Wells had intended the film to be a response [[SpiritualAntithesis response]] to Creator/FritzLang's ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', and he hoped to do everything he felt Lang had gotten wrong in envisioning the future. To that extent, the whole thing can basically be looked at as an extended author filibuster, with characters who are little more than two dimensional ciphers who don't do anything but talk earnestly about how self destructive and brutal the world is and how great the world would be if only it were governed rationally along socialist/modernist lines. Because, y'know, progress! Unfortunately for Wells, the movie bombed, and a lot of the ideas that informed his vision turned out to have severe defects that make the movie look really dated, and not just for aesthetic and historical reasons. But on the other hand, there's tons of SceneryPorn and the cinematography is pretty well done. It's also impossible to overstate how influential the movie was. Its ideas and general feel influenced Science Fiction writers well into the '70s. For example, Creator/GeneRoddenberry's [[Franchise/StarTrek Federation]] and Creator/IsaacAsimov's Literature/{{Foundation}} are more or less expanded versions of Wells' future.
8th Jan '16 10:40:43 AM Greenygal
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Wells had intended the film to be a response to Fritz Lang's ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', and he hoped to do everything he felt Lang had gotten wrong in envisioning the future. To that extent, the whole thing can basically be looked at as an extended author filibuster, with characters who are little more than two dimensional ciphers who don't do anything but talk earnestly about how self destructive and brutal the world is and how great the world would be if only it were governed rationally along socialist/modernist lines. Because, y'know, progress! Unfortunately for Wells, the movie bombed, and a lot of the ideas that informed his vision turned out to have severe defects that make the movie look really dated, and not just for aesthetic and historical reasons. But on the other hand, there's tons of SceneryPorn and the cinematography is pretty well done. It's also impossible to overstate how influential the movie was. Its ideas and general feel influenced Science Fiction writers well into the 70s. For example, Gene Roddenberry's Federation and Isaac Asimov's Foundation are more or less expanded versions of Wells' future.

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Wells had intended the film to be a response to Fritz Lang's Creator/FritzLang's ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', and he hoped to do everything he felt Lang had gotten wrong in envisioning the future. To that extent, the whole thing can basically be looked at as an extended author filibuster, with characters who are little more than two dimensional ciphers who don't do anything but talk earnestly about how self destructive and brutal the world is and how great the world would be if only it were governed rationally along socialist/modernist lines. Because, y'know, progress! Unfortunately for Wells, the movie bombed, and a lot of the ideas that informed his vision turned out to have severe defects that make the movie look really dated, and not just for aesthetic and historical reasons. But on the other hand, there's tons of SceneryPorn and the cinematography is pretty well done. It's also impossible to overstate how influential the movie was. Its ideas and general feel influenced Science Fiction writers well into the 70s. '70s. For example, Gene Roddenberry's Federation Creator/GeneRoddenberry's [[Franchise/StarTrek Federation]] and Isaac Asimov's Foundation Creator/IsaacAsimov's Literature/{{Foundation}} are more or less expanded versions of Wells' future.



* ThePhilosopherKing: The finale shows a world governed entirely on principles of scientific progress

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* ThePhilosopherKing: The finale shows a world governed entirely on principles of scientific progress progress.
8th Jan '16 10:37:23 AM Greenygal
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Wells had intended the film to be a response to Fritz Lang's Metropolis, and he hoped to do everything he felt Lang had gotten wrong in envisioning the future. To that extent, the whole thing can basically be looked at as an extended author filibuster, with characters who are little more than two dimensional ciphers who don't do anything but talk earnestly about how self destructive and brutal the world is and how great the world would be if only it were governed rationally along socialist/modernist lines. Because, y'know, progress! Unfortunately for Wells, the movie bombed, and a lot of the ideas that informed his vision turned out to have severe defects that make the movie look really dated, and not just for aesthetic and historical reasons. But on the other hand, there's tons of SceneryPorn and the cinematography is pretty well done. It's also impossible to overstate how influential the movie was. Its ideas and general feel influenced Science Fiction writers well into the 70s. For example, Gene Roddenberry's Federation and Isaac Asimov's Foundation are more or less expanded versions of Wells' future.

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Wells had intended the film to be a response to Fritz Lang's Metropolis, ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'', and he hoped to do everything he felt Lang had gotten wrong in envisioning the future. To that extent, the whole thing can basically be looked at as an extended author filibuster, with characters who are little more than two dimensional ciphers who don't do anything but talk earnestly about how self destructive and brutal the world is and how great the world would be if only it were governed rationally along socialist/modernist lines. Because, y'know, progress! Unfortunately for Wells, the movie bombed, and a lot of the ideas that informed his vision turned out to have severe defects that make the movie look really dated, and not just for aesthetic and historical reasons. But on the other hand, there's tons of SceneryPorn and the cinematography is pretty well done. It's also impossible to overstate how influential the movie was. Its ideas and general feel influenced Science Fiction writers well into the 70s. For example, Gene Roddenberry's Federation and Isaac Asimov's Foundation are more or less expanded versions of Wells' future.
4th Sep '15 6:16:10 AM Morgenthaler
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Another [[{{Montages}} montage]] carries us farther into the future, showing mankind [[HardWorkMontage rebuilding his society]] into a [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas shiny plastic]] underground city. Now, in 2036, John Cabal's equally visionary great-grandson Oswald is spearheading mankind's [[HistoryMarchesOn first expedition to the Moon]]. However, a radical dissident opposes the expedition on the basis that human technology and knowledge are advancing too fast [[GoodOldWays (or something to that effect)]]. The dissident's plot to stop the launch fails, and Cabal [[PatrickStewartSpeech waxes on about mankind's eternal quest for knowledge]]. The End.

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Another [[{{Montages}} montage]] carries us farther into the future, showing mankind [[HardWorkMontage rebuilding his society]] into a [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas shiny plastic]] underground city. Now, in 2036, John Cabal's equally visionary great-grandson Oswald is spearheading mankind's [[HistoryMarchesOn [[FailedFutureForecast first expedition to the Moon]]. However, a radical dissident opposes the expedition on the basis that human technology and knowledge are advancing too fast [[GoodOldWays (or something to that effect)]]. The dissident's plot to stop the launch fails, and Cabal [[PatrickStewartSpeech waxes on about mankind's eternal quest for knowledge]]. The End.



* HistoryMarchesOn: As with the novel, double-subverted: the film predicts the onset of WorldWarII, which proceeds to go on for a couple decades.

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* HistoryMarchesOn: TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: As with the novel, double-subverted: the film predicts the onset of WorldWarII, which proceeds to go on for a couple decades.
2nd Jan '14 12:27:42 PM HalcyonDayz
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Wells had intended the film to be a response to Fritz Lang's Metropolis, and he hoped to do everything he felt Lang had gotten wrong in envisioning the future. To that extent, the whole thing can basically be looked at as an extended author filibuster, with characters who are little more than two dimensional ciphers who don't do anything but talk earnestly about how self destructive and brutal the world is and how great the world would be if only it were governed rationally along socialist/modernist lines. Because, y'know, progress! Unfortunately for Wells, the movie bombed, and a lot of the ideas that informed his vision turned out to have severe defects that make the movie look really dated, and not just for aesthetic and historical reasons. But on the other hand, there's tons of SceneryPorn and the cinematography is pretty well done. It's also impossible to overstate how influential the movie was. Its ideas and general feel influenced Science Fiction writers well into the 70s. For example, Gene Roddenberry's Federation and Issac Assimov's Foundation are more or less expanded versions of Wells' future.

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Wells had intended the film to be a response to Fritz Lang's Metropolis, and he hoped to do everything he felt Lang had gotten wrong in envisioning the future. To that extent, the whole thing can basically be looked at as an extended author filibuster, with characters who are little more than two dimensional ciphers who don't do anything but talk earnestly about how self destructive and brutal the world is and how great the world would be if only it were governed rationally along socialist/modernist lines. Because, y'know, progress! Unfortunately for Wells, the movie bombed, and a lot of the ideas that informed his vision turned out to have severe defects that make the movie look really dated, and not just for aesthetic and historical reasons. But on the other hand, there's tons of SceneryPorn and the cinematography is pretty well done. It's also impossible to overstate how influential the movie was. Its ideas and general feel influenced Science Fiction writers well into the 70s. For example, Gene Roddenberry's Federation and Issac Assimov's Isaac Asimov's Foundation are more or less expanded versions of Wells' future.
6th Sep '13 5:23:46 PM Tarlonniel
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Wells had intended the film to be a response to Fritz Lang's Metropolis, and he hoped to do everything he felt Lang had gotten wrong in envisioning the future. To that extent, the whole thing can basically be looked at as an extended author filibuster, with characters who are little more than two dimensional ciphers who don't do anything but talk earnestly about how self destructive and brutal the world is and how great the world would be if only it were governed rationally along socialist/modernist lines. Because, y'know, progress! Unfortunately for Wells, the movie bombed, and a lot of the ideas that informed his visioned turned out to have severe defects that make the movie look really dated, and not just for aesthetic and historical reasons. But on the other hand, there's tons of SceneryPorn and the cinematography is pretty well done. It's also impossible to overstate how influential the movie was. It's ideas and general feel influenced Science Fiction writers well into the 70s. For example, the Gene Roddenberry's Federation and Issac Assimov's Foundation are more or less expanded versions of Well's future.

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Wells had intended the film to be a response to Fritz Lang's Metropolis, and he hoped to do everything he felt Lang had gotten wrong in envisioning the future. To that extent, the whole thing can basically be looked at as an extended author filibuster, with characters who are little more than two dimensional ciphers who don't do anything but talk earnestly about how self destructive and brutal the world is and how great the world would be if only it were governed rationally along socialist/modernist lines. Because, y'know, progress! Unfortunately for Wells, the movie bombed, and a lot of the ideas that informed his visioned vision turned out to have severe defects that make the movie look really dated, and not just for aesthetic and historical reasons. But on the other hand, there's tons of SceneryPorn and the cinematography is pretty well done. It's also impossible to overstate how influential the movie was. It's Its ideas and general feel influenced Science Fiction writers well into the 70s. For example, the Gene Roddenberry's Federation and Issac Assimov's Foundation are more or less expanded versions of Well's Wells' future.



* HarsherInHindsight: A black-uniformed self-declared elite imposing their view on the world via military airpower wouldn't seem so utopian a few years later...
15th Aug '13 1:36:29 AM Odon
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* HarsherInHindsight: A black-uniformed self-declared elite imposing their view on the world via military airpower wouldn't seem so utopian a few years later...
30th Jun '13 1:04:06 AM spydre
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* ThePhilosopherKing: The finale shows a world governed entirely on principles of scientific progress
25th Jun '13 1:44:31 PM MarkLungo
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24th Jun '13 9:04:10 PM smallch
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* ZombieGait: While they're not technically dead, the shambling, cadaverous victims of the walking sickness definitely look like zombies. One could say Wells unintentionally invented the modern zombie
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