Movie Observation, Life Imitating Art: “Crack in the World” (1965)

I was referred to this article (“Scientists plan to drill all the way down to the Earth’s mantle“) by a tweet from @ebertchicago (Roger Ebert): Drilling five miles down into the earth’s mantle. What could possibly go wrong?

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Crack in the World (1965)

Summary: A scientist tries to find a limitless, non-polluting energy source by drilling really, really deep into the earth. This can’t end ‘well’.

I first saw this film when I was about 14. The movie itself is an okay science fiction story. Probably better than most for that period in time. Interestingly, aside from the final scene, which was pretty awesome to me at 14, the thing that might have made the strongest impression on me at the time was the film score. (I hadn’t realized it at the time, but I’ve been a film/TV score junkie since at least 5 years old!) I can still remember it to this day, even though I haven’t seen this move in probably a couple of decades, at least.

See the movie if you can rent it or catch it on TV, but make sure you pay attention to the music, as well. It’s a major part of the experience in this story.


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