|art by Bruce McNally|
The cult animation movie The Dark Crystal, 1982:
written by David Odell
directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz e scusate se è poco
set design by Brian Froud e scusate se è poco
produced by Jim Henson and Gary Kurtz
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, things were basically the same as on our planet during the Renaissance. Just, this time -- unlike in Ariosto's, Tasso's, and Camões' poems, but like in Milton -- the story is told not from the point of view of European conquerors, but of Native American victims. The other Renaissance ingredients are not missing: experimental science (used for the benefit of the powerful), the search for the elixir of life, fierce social competition, luxury, slavery, astronomy, magic (both evil and good), the charm of uncontaminated Nature, young heroes of both sexes who accomplish the enterprise.
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