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The War of the Worlds: Great Books (1994)

Video | 52 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

A look at H.G. Wells and specifically his novel, _The War of the Worlds_ and its influence on the future, and its initial intents. Included is a discussion of Wells's relationships with women, his participation in society and his part in ...See moreA look at H.G. Wells and specifically his novel, _The War of the Worlds_ and its influence on the future, and its initial intents. Included is a discussion of Wells's relationships with women, his participation in society and his part in the development of the United Nations, and a comparison of the novel to the two most famous adaptations, including new interview footage with Howard Koch, the writer of the radio script. Also addressed is some of Wells's more controversial writings, which would be utilized in the 20th Century as tracts advocating genocide, as well as quotes from the smae material to show that interpretation as wrong. Written by Scott Andrew Hutchins See less
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Nicholas D. Knowland (as Nic Knowland)
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Leonard Nimoy
Actor / Director / Spock / Narab Actor / Director / Spock / Narab   See fewer
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David Smith
H.G. Wells Biographer H.G. Wells Biographer   See fewer
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Brian Aldiss
Science Fiction Writer Science Fiction Writer   See fewer
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Michael Coren
H.G. Wells Biographer H.G. Wells Biographer   See fewer
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Michael Foot
Former Leader of Britain's Labor Party Former Leader of Britain's Labor Party   See fewer
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H.G. Wells
Himself (commenting on freeing the air from politics) (archive footage) Himself (commenting on freeing the air from politics) (archive footage)   See fewer
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Arden Albee
Project Scientist, NASA Mars Mission (as Dr. Arden Albee) Project Scientist, NASA Mars Mission (as Dr. Arden Albee)   See fewer
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Howard Koch
Writer, The Mercury Theatre of the Air The War of the Worlds Writer, The Mercury Theatre of the Air The War of the Worlds   See fewer
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Orson Welles
Himself (explaining that the broadcast was of the H.G. Wells story) (archive footage) Himself (explaining that the broadcast was of the H.G. Wells story) (archive footage)   See fewer
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William Shatner
Captain James Tiberius Kirk (archive footage) Captain James Tiberius Kirk (archive footage)   See fewer
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Leo Zoard
Himself (archive footage) Himself (archive footage)   See fewer
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Albert Einstein
Himself (archive footage) Himself (archive footage)   See fewer
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Donald Sutherland
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David Bryan Jackson
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7.8 / 10 | 13 votes