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In this outer space musical, Samuel Curtis, an interplanetary trader from Nevada, sets forth through a rustic and remote solar system when he finds out that his old nemesis, Professor Hess, is pursuing him and would like to kill him.
A space pilot transports the Boy Who Saw a Woman's Breast from Jupiter to Venus to obtain a bounty in this surrealistic space-western musical. I was underwhelmed by this minor cult film; it has some great moments of absurd humor but often drags with sequences of inconsequential nonsense.
Samuel Curtis: My father taught me to kill the sunflower. Voice: Congratulations, Mr. Curtis. You are now awake. Two hours to Jupiter.
Here's a movie that very few will have ever heard of or get to see. It's definetely not for everyone, but I was entertained. It's strange how I like this film and not Eraserhead, but that's just how things are.
This is a sci-fi-western-musical surrounding the life of a space cowboy who encounters some other characters including his old nemesis who kills anyone just for being around.
This is very much a low-budget, independent feature. Despite being a film that takes place in outer space, the effects and props are handled Flash Gordon style.
The whole movie is done in a very surrealist fashion. It could be seen as a comedy, and there are funny moments involving the randomness and break outs into song. It could also be seen as slightly disturbing when dealing with the space cowboy's nemesis.
I also have to point out the soundtrack created by the lead singer of the band who wrote, directed, and stars in this movie, Cory McAbee. It's a good rock soundtrack.
Once again, this is not for everyone, but it also wont be seen by almost anyone, so if you like very random things that are strange or Lynch films, you might like this.
[Samuel answers the phone] Professor Hess: Guess who this is? Samuel Curtis: Professor Hess. Professor Hess: That's right! You got it on the first try! For that, you get a kiss! Samuel Curtis: I'll pass. Professor Hess: W-what? You think I'd kiss you? You'd love it if I'd kiss you. And I would never kiss you. Samuel Curtis: You said you were going to kiss me. Professor Hess: I never said I'd kiss you. I never said that. You just want me to kiss you! Samuel Curtis: Um... not really. Professor Hess: Oh. I'm not good enough to kiss you. Is that what you're saying?
Increditablly weird and wonderful. If you like your movies normal and mainstream skip this one but if you like your movies quirky and off the wall you'll LOVE The American Astronaut (or at least I did). Sort of a wacky, black and white, outter space Rocky Horror Picture Show.
I'm always leery of music-related filmmaking. Too easy for the entire movie to feel like a big, long music video or promo vehicle.
And some of that is evident here.
What is also evident is the rock-bottom budget they had to work with. Not surprising--a sci-fi fanta-western done by a who-are-they band? Of course there is no budget. It shows, but several excellent decisions help keep the viewers from noticing (too much).
The best decision was in filming in black and white. While, yes, black and white can be an artsy decision, here it allowed the lack of special effects and quality to be downplayed by the viewer.
The over all story arc of The American Astronaut is a bit nonsensical and cops out at the end (perhaps out of budget?). But the individual scenes frequently stand tall.
Unfortunately, the strongest of the scenes are in the first half of the movie, letting everything else peter out awkwardly.
Still worth a watch if you're into sci-fi westerns, artsy cinema, or enjoy integration of the music and film formats.
It reminded me so much of a Kurt Vonnegut novel and that is never a bad thing. This film is so out there (literally!) and the story itself is reminiscent of a B movie. This is a cross of surrealism, spaghetti western, and musical. Anything that is outer space related and musical is an absolute joy for me. There is so much to love: the really zany characters as Vonnegut could have dreamt up, odd and quirky dance numbers, and the cinematography was lovely for a low budget production, too. I am flabbergasted at that fact. It's definitely a love it or hate it kind of film. I just adored the sense of humor in this. If Vonnegut was still alive today, it probably would have been his favorite film.
Recommended by a friend. Conceptually out there with good music. The production value is pretty impressive. It's one of those "must watch to see how crazy this gets". Simply a love it or hate it film. I liked it. I guess that's option #3
this is my all time favourite movie. it only took a few times watching this one movie, by this one auteur, to out terry gilliam and his entire collection and all the childhood memories that go with gilliam's stuff, out of the number one spot.
capitol B Brilliant!!!! take one part the forbidden zone, one part six-string samerai, half a part sifl and olly, and 18 parts pure awesome, put it in a space western setting with purposely low budget appearence (the interior of the main characters spaceship wall a studio apartment, complete with peeling wallpaper) and you got yourself a kick ass musical full of great music, cool characters, and the boy who actually saw a female breast. HIGHLY RECOMENDED, especialy if your in the mood for something unique.