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Old August 9 2013, 09:37 AM   #133
Robert Comsol
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Re: Fact-Checking Inside Star Trek: The Real Story

ZapBrannigan wrote: View Post
I think everyone's seen Forbidden Planet, but if you're going to divulge Shakespeare plot elements, you might want to call spoiler alert.
You are right, of course, I apologize. In my defense I merely hope I got readers unfamiliar with The Tempest interested in reading it and doing some fact-checking for themselves.

I also have no doubt that the plot element of "father and daughter shipwrecked in a desolate place" (by whose doing I can't help to add asking...) was inspirational for Forbidden Planet but it's just what it is, a plot element. Frankly, I feel the whole The Tempest references to have been a means to encourage intelligent and demanding audiences to go and watch this film ("this is not the pulp you had to watch thus far"). I can't possibly find fault with that, but looking back I feel it isn't entirely accurate.

Since the suspicion has been brought up that sometimes the producers didn't know exactly what they were talking about (unless they had benefitted from a great education, actually owned a copy of the literary work cited or had a good public library) I have to add an example from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

The devoted Cinefantastique issue (with the great cover artwork by Andrew Probert which, BTW, you can purchase through his mail order shop) - the best research work I'm familiar with (other suggestions most welcome!) - states that the producers invented the background of Captain Nemo claiming it had not been established by Jules Verne's work.

Of course, this is manure!

In his "sequel" Mysterious Island Verne established in detail the (Indian) biographical background of Captain Nemo so either the producers weren't aware of that or decided to ignore it. The latter one is my personal theory, because they pimped up the original 20,000 Leagues story by combining it with a far lesser known work of Verne that suggested the discovery of a weapon of mass destruction (depicted as a sort of cruise missile).

(My apologies to Harvey. I seriously hadn't intended to derail your thread, but since "fact-checking" was a sub-issue and in the context of the 1950's and 1960's, I hope you didn't find it that offensive)

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