Friday, July 1, 2011

"Dixie's Land": Race in 1964 film Robinson Crusoe on Mars

Earlier this year, I stumbled across Black Space: Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film by Adilifu Nama (University of Texas Press, 2008), a "fresh, insightful work that fills an obvious and significant gap in the critical and theoretical discussion of the African American absence/presence (along with the broader issues of race and difference) in science fiction cinema." While Nama’s rich, deep analysis focuses on box office blockbusters such as the Star Wars and Matrix franchises, it also includes less financially successful films, such as Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), starring Paul Mantee, Victor Lundin, and Adam West.

Wow! I'll never watch Robinson Crusoe on Mars in the same light again!

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