Monday, 7 September 2015

Planeta Bur (1962) Gallery 3








 



I don't really need a reason to have another look at these fantastic spacesuits except to say that when you look closely you will notice - as did I once it  had been pointed out to me - that there is a slight variation in suit design.

Look to the chest lamps; see how one is round and to the side where as the other is rectangular and central.  Fabric varies too but don't take my world for it - view the gallery

Thanks to John Nowak.

Steve

7 comments:

  1. I`ve just remembered another one you dont have,its Supernova from 2000,I`d forgotten about it myself until I came across this on ebay,from the looks of it its our old friend the GSh-6a
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/JAMES-SPADER-2000-Supernova-MGM-production-used-Deep-Space-HERO-Space-Suit-/161811576817?hash=item25acb8b7f1

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  2. Note that the character with the rectangular spotlight also carries a different sidearm. You can see that in the other gallery.

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    1. The whole suit seems subtly different.

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    2. I suspect that the character (Kern) was intended to be American.

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  3. There is also the curious case of Tobor, title character in Tobor the Great (1954) and Robot John in Platea Bur (1962).

    Both are rigid electromechanical robot costumes, as were common in SF films of the day. Both are painted to look like they are made of some white metal, probably aluminium, but both films have a very similar shot where a character working on the robot opens hatches on either side and is viewed through the robot, immediately followed by the doors being closed and the robot going into action. It's a nice bit of film trickery, probably designed to make the viewers think they saw the robots move when there was no way they could contain a person.

    It would be interesting to know if there was inspiration involved, or if the shot was an obvious set up taken from a magician's trick.

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    1. Interesting thoughts. I think you're right in that the shot establishes that there couldn't possibly be an actor inside.

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