Thursday, December 10, 2015

Thanks to a ridiculous sequence of events revolving around a pair of non-arriving school buses and an unexpected drive north, today's post is late and may possibly exude a soupcon of crankiness. I will attempt to squelch it by describing the movie we watched last night. Incubus (1965) is not only the only movie ever made entirely in Esperanto, but it also stars a pre-Star Trek William Shatner (yes, his shirt gets ripped), evil blond demons who resemble Anita Eckberg, and "serious" black-and-white camera work of the sort that might be shot by a high school student who has watched too many Bergman movies while stoned. Fortunately it is also short.

In sum, as reviewer Luke Y. Thompson writes, "It stars William Shatner, and it's in a made-up language. If you need to know more, this film is not for you." However, I recommend it highly if you live in the kind of family where people like to pretend they're the commentators on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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