1970s was a great period for science fiction movies. These movies were made to please the audience's natural curiosity for the unknown. Aliens, extraterrestrial landscapes, distant planets, futuristic technology, advanced expertise, devices like robots and spaceships and time travel are only some of the subjects that these films portray. People of every age and culture became fanatic viewers. Here is a list of some of them.
Star Wars is a spectacular sci-fi masterpiece. Directed by George Lucas and released in 1977, is unquestionably one of the most innovative, creative and entertaining films ever produced. Generations of people are devoted fans, knowing almost each dialog by heart. How many movies have succeeded that?
In a galaxy far, far away, we meet a group of people, known as the Rebel Alliance, fighting for freedom against the evil Empire who has devastated innocent civilizations and their planets with a gigantic space station called the Death Star. Luke Skywalker plays the role of the hero who seeks a Jedi Master named Obi-Wan Kenobi that will help him release the Force and rescue Princess Leila. Amazing sceneries, visual effects that no mind has ever thought until that time, adrenaline, drama and a sense of humor have made Star Wars a film never to forget.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
I was young when I saw this movie. Really young. But, even now, when I eat smashed potatoes or when I use shaving foam, I always picture myself slashing the edges to shape the Devil Tower. I think you all know what I mean…
In 1977, Steven Spielberg released a film that could only be described as a work of art. A film that you can easily watch it even today and still hold your breath as suspense keeps rising while the movie goes on.
We follow the lives of three separate characters that their obsession with aliens brings them to Devil's Tower for the climax. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) is a cable employee that was send to a remote location to investigate the total blackout of the city. In the night sky, he sees a huge spaceship leaving half of his face burned and him in a state of shock. After that, he starts imagining a shape like a mountain and tries to give form to his vision from every possible material he can get.
Then, we have Jillian Guiler (Melinda Dillon) a single mother that aliens abducted her son from their own house. She also has visions of the mountain but, instead of making sculptures like Roy, she paints, believing that her son is at that mountain.
Finally, we meet Claude Lacombe (François Truffaut), a scientist working for the American government. He spent his life seeking and trying to explain all the paranormal phenomena that have taken place and he is now ready for a close encounter of the third kind in Devil's Tower. He is the one responsible for communicating with aliens with that famous music tone.
Close Encounters is a unique movie that both adults and children can watch. The suspense literally makes you sweat, as, until the end of the movie, you have no idea if the aliens are hostile or not. Close Encounters has everything that a science fiction movie fan seeks.
A science fiction thriller directed by Ridley Scott, that remains frightening even 30 years after its release. The claustrophobic feeling, the shocking realism and the unique scenery of the spaceship called Nostromo, made this movie only one of its kind.
Nostromo lands on remote planet acting on a faint SOS signal. The crew finds a crushed ship and some strange shells that one of them discharges a creepy creature on the face of Kane (John Hurt). Ellen Ripley, a warrant officer played by Sigourney Weaver, keeps telling them not to permit Kane to come to their ship but no one seems to listen to her. That was the begging of the end. They finally manage to free Kane's face but soon, his stomach explodes releasing an alien dripping acid that manages to run away. One after another, the crew becomes a victim of the terrifying Alien.
Solaris was released in 1972 with George Clooney (as Chris Kelvin) on the leading role. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, this film is a psychological science fiction thriller set in space. Chris Kelvin is a psychologist that was send to a space station, orbiting around planet Solaris, to examine the bizarre behavior of the remaining crew. Some members are missing, other committed suicide and some are so scared that keep hiding in their cabins. The suspense rises when the psychologist's dead wife returns to him looking so alive. Her touch is even real. But the problem is that this is just a flash back from Chris' memory and the planet is the one who causes all this. The film keeps playing with your mind the whole time.
1970s are characterized as a Golden Age for science fiction movies. Even today's films are not able to overcome this decade's masterpieces. We hope these films become an example for the future producers and directors that will give us movies of the same quality.