Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Review: Monsters from the Id

Neatly mixing movie-buff nostalgia and food for thought, David Gargani's Monsters from the Id provides entertainment and insight with an enjoyable collage of clips from classic and campy sci-fi thrillers of the 1950s. The documentary examines what those movies reveal about the '50s zeitgeist, and persuasively argues that the U.S. was able to win the space race -- and, perhaps, the Cold War -- because thousands of this country's students were inspired by Hollywood's heroic depiction of scientists as visionary outer-space explorers and/or monster-zapping good guys. You can read my Variety review here.

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