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Re: Spielberg & Cruise 'War of The Worlds' - Sandow

From: Greg Sandow <greg.nul>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 11:35:33 -0500
Fwd Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 15:35:21 -0500
Subject: Re: Spielberg & Cruise 'War of The Worlds' - Sandow


>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 09:21:17 -0600
>Subject: Re: Spielberg & Cruise 'War of The Worlds'

>>That fllm updated the story, so we earthlings fight the invading
>>Martians with jet planes and atomic bombs, instead of with artillery,
>>as H. G. Wells described. I'd love to know if Spielberg will set his
>>movie in the present day, or (which I'd love to see) in the 1890s.

>So would I. In fact, that was the first question that came to
>mind as I read this report. A modern-day version would be,
>I'm afraid, just another space-invasion yarn, of which there
>are all too many already.


That was the first thing I wondered about, too. In the movie,
the Martians were invulnerable. Not even an atom bomb could stop
them. It's surprising, even so, how exciting the movie is.

But in the novel, the Martians sometimes get hurt. A lucky
artillery shell can smash them. And at one point, as Martian
battle machines are crossing the Thames to conquer London, a
battleship rams one of them and destroys it. This makes the
story more powerful.

Plus, there's something wonderful in Wells's 1898 idea of what
Martian invaders would be like. When, toward the end of the
book, they begin to fly, it's a tremendous, demoralizing shock
to a humans who don't yet have airplanes. The Martians sweep
through the countryside in huge conveyances that literally walk,
on legs taller than any building. They grab things with long
tentacles, and sweep their heat rays over the countryside, while
howling with horrible weird voices. That would be fabulous in a
movie. I'd love to see it.


Greg Sandow




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