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Planet of the Apes ( 1968)


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This 1968 science fiction movie is considered to be one of the top movies of all times and with good reason. Technically speaking, this movie was a landmark in the history of film making. Arthur Jacobs, who produced the movie created an alternate world and civilization which was not only believable and but within Hollywood budgets. The movie was the “Avatar” of its time. It may not have had the glitz and glamour of today’s 3D technology, but remember it was 1968, and the release of Star Wars, mother of all sci-fi movies, was still a decade away.

The main achievement of the movie was in the area of prosthetics makeup. This make up technique would lay the foundation for generations of movies to come including Star Wars and LOTR. The movie won an Academy Award for its outstanding make up.

Comparing it with the current generation space age movies, the cinematography of the movie was highly “localized”. We were not treated to shots massive space ships or inter galactic flight  scenes. Most of the terrain shooting appeared to be done in North American national parks. I later verified and found that these scenes were indeed shot in Utah and Arizona. The movie also had plenty ‘indoor” scenes which in today’s world would appear to be very low-budget studio sets.

However, Planet of the Apes is as much a movie about philosophy as it is about action packed space drama. The plot in brief, is that a spaceship with 3 men lands on an unknown planet which seems to inhabited by a backward human race. On this planet, the apes have however, evolved to be the more intelligent race and rule the planet and treat the humans exactly the way, well, the way animals were treated on earth. Trust me, the irony is not lost on anyone.

Out of the 3 men, only the captain survives a raid by the apes and is imprisoned. As being the only man capable of communication, he becomes subject of intense scrutiny, threat and fear. The movie throws several lights on the evolution of civilization, government and religion and even though our empathies are instantly tied to the human, it makes us question our structures and logic. The movie is incredible relevant even today. The satire on the self-destruction of human race is inescapable and the ending just reinforces the message.

Everyone must watch this movie. 


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

4 thoughts on “Planet of the Apes ( 1968)

  1. I did watch this and all the subsequent versions of Planet of Apes. I agree that it portrays the irony of what-if situation for humans with a strong message but somehow I’ve lost all interest in following this series now. Did you watch the 2011 version of this film?

    • I have seen the Planet of the Apes (2011) and it was very very good. I think I will review i soon. I am not very keen on seeing the following versions of the 1968 movie, you know what they say about too much of a good thing right?

  2. The sequels to the original PLANET OF THE APES were inferior to it and really didn’t need to be made — except for the studio to milk it for more money. That the 1968 movie remains quite watchable today is a testament to its status as a classic motion picture. It has been and remains a “Must See.”

  3. This was indeed nice and especially the climax was pretty scary. Some of the concepts in the movie are quite unbelievable though. Especially, the humans losing all intelligence. On another planet, it would be believable but not on earth. In any case, it was truly enjoyable and is a must watch.

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