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Planet of the Apes 1


1967       Charlton Heston

"Planet of the Apes," 20th Century-Fox's stunning futuristic motion picture starring Chariton Heston, has been set to opened in 1967. An Arthur Jacobs production in Panavision and Color by De Luxe, the film is based on a novel by Pierre Boulle, author of "The Bridge over the River Kwai," which was adapted for the screen by Michael Wilson and Rod Serling. "Planet of the Apes" hurtles the viewer into a strange simian civilization where man is regarded as a brute to be controlled and contained lest he grow in numbers and strength and ultimately destroy the ape culture and society. It also stars Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter and Maurice Evans, who appear throughout the film in simian make-up. The massive make-up problems were solved by John Chambers, who designed the fabulous disguises which transform this film's stars from humans to believable apes. Scenically, producer Jacobs had to come up with the physical trappings of an ape culture -- simian architecture, wardrobe design, utensils and so forth. Since the apes are civilized they wear clothes.

Indeed, theirs is a most conservative society, and their garb reflects this in imaginative designs by Morton Haack which cover the entire body except for the head and hands. Although well able to stand on its own as an adventure film with much action, intrigue and suspense, the story is an allegory for our times with some of the flavor of Jonathan Swift and a dash of Jules Verne. "Planet of the Apes" opened so big in New York that for the first three weekends it kept beating the previous records it set on the preceding weekends. The critical reaction was most favorable. Liz Smith in Cosmopolitan called it "A blockbuster movie! A genuine 14 carat film. Big, fascinating, totally entertaining." And Pauline Kael in The New Yorker said, "One of the best science-fiction fantasies ever. Really extraordinary. It has the primitive force of 'King Kong'...You'd better go see it quickly...it has the ingenious kind of plotting that people love to talk about. A very entertaining movie."



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