Thursday, October 21, 2010

Starcrash





Yesterday I posted a poster from what I thought was Turkish Star Wars. But Simon pointed out that it was actually from Starcrash:

Starcrash (original Italian title Scontri stellari oltre la terza dimensione, literally "stellar clashes beyond the third dimension") is an Italian 1979 science fiction film, which was also released under the English title of The Adventures of Stella Star (in the US). The screenplay was written by Luigi Cozzi (pen name Lewis Coates)[1] and Nat Wachsberger, and Cozzi also directed the film. The cast included Marjoe Gortner, Caroline Munro, Robert Tessier, Christopher Plummer, and David Hasselhoff.[2] The film score is by Oscar winning composer John Barry ("Midnight Cowboy", "Goldfinger", "Somewhere in Time", "Dances with Wolves").
The trailer is absolutely fantastic and in addition to lightsabers and bikini babes (including Caroline Munro from one of the Sinbad movies), seems to feature Ray Harryhausen's Talos from Jason and the Argonauts.

You can buy posters (and promotional photos of Munro) at eBay, and the DVD at Amazon.

*Previously: The Mexican Batwoman.

4 comments:

  1. Watching this video it seems that the Mighty Boosh might have been influenced by the Alien that features 2min 5sec's in. Some what of a similarity of the Tony Harrison character mi thinks!

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  2. I was involved in the model creation for that movie when I was a teenager (hired from the SPFX director Armando Valcauda) together with my father we build from scratch the Emperor Golden Starship. It was a funny experience and a pity that in Italy no one else produced other movies of this kind. Many people says that it was a rip-off of Lucas E4, but it's wrong. It was more inspired by Barbarella, Ray Harryhousen movies and only in style, (by the new concept for the '70s) by creating starship shaped by putting together plastic model kits... as Douglas Trumbull started to do in 2001: A space odissey.
    If the reference of the light-swords could be mistaken by a copyright infringment, well I have to admit it was the only one.
    I have to highlight also the wonderful soundtrack written by John Barry.
    In any case it was a great experience for me, as it started my interest and deep passion for SCIFI and fantasy cinema.
    Nowdays it is fun to watch it as a comix-movie, without any intention to take it too much seriously.
    ciao!

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  3. PS the Turkish StarWars poster shown yesterday is realized taken drawings from StarCrash in the meaning that is a patchwork of many sources, but you can recognize as well the robot Elle and the starship from StarCrash...

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  4. I agree, it definitely looks like a Harryhausen movie with laser swords.

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