Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Space Is the Place (1974)

Directed by John Coney
My rating: 1.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, Plexifilm)

Sun Ra is an intergalactic traveler who lands his spaceship in Oakland with the promise of bringing some local residents back to his planet. He targets the impoverished black community because they don't really exist anyway in a society in which they have little control over their lives. He recruits people in a makeshift storefront where applicants argue their case. The final choices are taken away during a concert where they disappear as in the rapture. Low budget feature with cheesy, if endearing, special effects that recall sci-fi films of the 1950s. The racial politics, however, are even more dated and at times embarrassing, presented in a series of vignettes with amateur actors.

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