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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Just because I like this picture

Posted by John Holbo on 04/12/07 at 10:01 AM

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UPDATE: KF claims her prize under the fold.

Here are some of Tuskub’s palace guards arresting the idiotic detective.

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Here we see ‘spider girl’ - a.k.a. Aelita’s favorite maid - and a palace guard.

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Here you get a better view of the helmets.

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And here we see a wall of soldiers attempting to defend against the angry Lumpenmartianproletarian uprising:

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Keep in mind that this is 1924. Metropolis is still just a gleam in Fritz Lang’s eye at this point. Very impressive stuff. Aelita, the Queen of Mars [Amazon]. It’s what you’ve been dreaming about, only now your dream has come true.


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weird picture....is she a spider?

By on 04/12/07 at 11:24 AM | Permanent link to this comment

Nope. She’s not a spider (thanks for asking). I think I’ll let the mystery dangle until morning. I wonder which of our readers will recognize the scene?

By John Holbo on 04/12/07 at 12:18 PM | Permanent link to this comment

Best. Movie. Ever.  You’ve just made my day.

By KF on 04/12/07 at 12:18 PM | Permanent link to this comment

Oh, fer cryin out loud.  Stuck in moderation.  I feel like the kid in the back row of class frantically waving her hand in the air.  Pick me!  I know the answer!

By KF on 04/12/07 at 12:22 PM | Permanent link to this comment

Yes, it IS the best movie ever. I call on KF. KF? What is the answer? (Clearly she knows the answer.)

By John Holbo on 04/12/07 at 12:24 PM | Permanent link to this comment

Aelita, Queen of Mars.  Sheer Soviet futurist genius: engineer disappointed in love builds spaceship and travels to Mars, where he leads the workers’ revolution against the decadent despots who oppress them.  Everyone needs to see this movie.

By KF on 04/12/07 at 12:28 PM | Permanent link to this comment

And KF claims the prize!

Now, what IS the prize? I suppose it must be - a screencap of her choice! What do you fancy? The queen herself, the hero, Tuskub the evil ruler, the bumbling detective, the cool Martian soldiers, images of the Lumpenmartianproletariat, being frozen in the refrigerators? The strange telescope? What shall it be?

By John Holbo on 04/12/07 at 12:39 PM | Permanent link to this comment

I still think she looks like a spider.

By on 04/12/07 at 12:41 PM | Permanent link to this comment

Oooh, the choices!  I think I’m going to go for the cool Martian soldiers, just to enjoy a bit more of the movie’s amazing constructivist design.  Perhaps others will beleaguer you for more…

By KF on 04/12/07 at 12:44 PM | Permanent link to this comment

You can now claim your prize under the fold, KF.

By John Holbo on 04/12/07 at 01:04 PM | Permanent link to this comment

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