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

From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
Date: Fri, 01 Jan 1904 03:17:56 -0400
Fwd Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2004 09:03:36 -0500
Subject: Re: Spielberg & Cruise 'War of The Worlds' - Ledger

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

>>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

>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.

Hi Greg and Jerry,

As he did in the Time Machine, Wells abandoned character development
for a richly drawn, descriptive narrative. In War of the Worlds a sense
of impending doom pervades the story. Earthlings were scurrying about
seeking shelter to avoid detection, and there was a feeling of
helplessness amongst the human population. I read them both as a
youngster and was deeply influenced by them. It was back then that I
became determined to take up writing sometime during my life.
I hope Spielberg respects Wells and his book and does them justice. I'm
looking forward to it.

Don Ledger

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