Nov 262012

A 1968 PR video of what flight in 1975 would look like. In virtually every aspect, Braniff got it wrong. *Real* wrong. In fact, most of what they promised 44 years ago is still futuristic today… or, more probably, ain’t-never-gonna-happen. For instance: the fashions. Helmets? Where did that get that dress, it’s awful, and those shoes and that coat, jeeeeez!

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Much of it looks like bad sci-fi from the 1930’s through the 1950’s, with robotic everythings, space-consuming extendable and self-moving furniture and pedestals, lots of plexiglass and yards of legroom. And while a few minor details have come about, they have done so in ways far less cheesy that shown here. The video phone, the option to watch one of *three* movies, etc.

This film displays one of my pet peeves with much of sci-fi these days: set a very few years in the future, displaying *massive* cultural, social and technological change. Movies like “Demolition Man” and “Strange Days” were explicitly set just a few years down the line, but showed technologies that were decades away.

 Posted by at 9:48 pm
  • Cambias

    That was one of the things that made BLADE RUNNER such an astonishing film. The visual look exactly hit the right note of “futuristic” plus “derived from the present.” The future had giant pyramid buildings, true, but it also had moldering old buildings from the 1930s. In a couple of scenes there are old cars in the background.

    I can actually believe in rapid tech change more easily than I can believe in rapid social change. We are STILL dealing with the social/political fallout of the 1960s.

    Which is why any future solutions to present-day problems which call for a “restructuring of society” are doomed to fail — the only question is how much treasure and how many lives are squandered in the process of failure.

  • publiusr

    I can’t imagine the nightmare ground crews would have trying to fix all those interior systems. But I like the cheese. The softer look of the projected movies as opposed to the slick flat-screen soul-eating fare we actually have today.