Forbidden Planet

Saturday, April 29 11:30am;

Monday, May 1 7pm.

It would be easy to take in the primitive special effects and upright ‘50s types barking made-up space jargon and write off ‘Forbidden Planet’ as kitsch. But it remains a classic for good reason. Based loosely on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, it grapples with, among other things, technology that takes our worst impulses and magnifies them toward our own destruction. Sound like anything you know? And Bebe and Louis Barron’s all-electronic score was a first and remains a marvel. -LG

1956 Fred M. Wilcox 2.55:1 Color DCP 98 min.