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  • J.G. Ballard's Top Ten Science Fiction Films

    As reported in the Independent newspaper, 2005 (see http://www.cityofsound.com/blog/2005/05/jg_ballards_top.html).

    According to Ballard: "1 Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965):
    Godard's vision of a theoretically happy but infinitely tragic
    computerised future brilliantly creates the future rather than just
    commenting on the present.

    2 Mad Max 2 (George Miller, 1981):
    By far the best of the MadMax series. With its insane vehicles and
    fearful body-armour, it is a vision of Armageddon as auto-geddon. Mad
    Max 2 is punk's Sistine Chapel.

    3 The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg,1976):
    The visionary British director Nic Roeg always gets the best out of
    musicians-turned-actors. David Bowie is perfect as the alien destroyed
    by an uncomprehending Earth.

    4 Dark Star (John Carpenter, 1974):
    Dark Star is the Catch 22 of outer space. It's a dazzling farce, and
    another icon of the US counter-culture. It was made for a mere $60,000
    by a group of Californian students.

    5 Barbarella (Roger Vadim, 1968):
    Sex, almost for the first time, made an appearance in science-fiction
    cinema when Vadim directed his wife, Jane Fonda, in her classic
    striptease sequence in a fur-lined spaceship.

    6 Dr Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1963):
    Stanley Kubrick's black satire about an insane US Air Force general who
    launches a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. The death of mankind is
    treated as the last sick joke.

    7 Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979):
    This is a tour de force of pure horror in which Sigourney Weaver plays
    science fiction's first feminist heroine. The alien came from the
    imaginings of the Swiss designer HR Giger.

    8 The Incredible Shrinking Man (Jack Arnold, 1957):
    This is a classic, and a deeply poetic story of an individual's quest.
    Jack Arnold also directed It Came from Outer Space and Creature From the
    Black Lagoon.

    9 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977):
    From the same year as the first of George Lucas's Star Wars films, this
    is a fable in which America learns to love the universe. It is the most
    deeply felt of all Spielberg's films

    10 Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972):
    The original, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, not the Steven Soderberg
    re-make. Loss, memory, desire and the mystery of identity: the greatest
    Russian science-fiction film."
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