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04th May

Force Of Habit: Stealing ‘Star Wars’ – Talk by Darrell Buxton

Star Wars changed everything when it hit cinema screens in 1977. But the initial excited response didn’t come from fans – it came from movie producers! Every chancer in Hollywood and beyond saw instant dollar signs, and a batch of hasty imitators soon invaded movie theatres, in a bid to repeat the success of George Lucas and co.

QUAD’s cult movie historian Darrell Buxton has a bad feeling about this… and will be at Paracinema on May the 4th (when else?) to remind you of the first ‘attack of the clones’, as we all felt the presence of rapid rip-offs galore. Italy’s Starcrash and The Humanoid, Turkey’s The Man who Saves the World, Japan’s Message from Space, Disney’s The Black Hole, television’s Battlestar Galactica, plus familiar-looking spacecraft, ropey robotic duos, helmeted arch-villains, polystyrene rocks, rubber monsters, and pound-shop lasers aplenty!

Tickets: £6 (standard), £5 (concessions)

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Image Credit: Message From Space, 1978, Japan, Dir: Kinji Fukusaku

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