Wednesday, July 10, 2013
70s SPACE: 1999 AND 60s ITALIAN SPACE OPERA
While I was looking for a Space: 1999-themed photo for my previous entry (here) I found a frame-capture from the episode "The Last Enemy" which had potential for a posting all its own...
I am a fan of 1960s Italian science fiction films, especially and specifically Mario Bava's 1965 terror-in-space flick Terrore nello spazio (released in the U.S. as Planet of the Vampires). For some time now I've been meaning to do a posting on this film. Soon.
When I found the picture, affixed above, I thought of Terrore. I watched the Space: 1999 episode "The Last Enemy" a few days ago and dug the leather-bound female space warriors, in particular actress Caroline Mortimer in her space motorcycle gear outfit (helmet included). Combined with the set-styling, "Dione" in her bad-girl attire might fool viewers into thinking that this image was from a 1960s, or 1970s, Italian space opera. Which is why, for as bad as "The Last Enemy" is (in so many ways), it's almost enjoyable to watch.