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‘Mars in the Movies:’ A history on how the planet has dominated sci-fi film

Matt Damon stars as astronaut Mark Watney in
Matt Damon stars as astronaut Mark Watney in "The Martian."
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Until there’s life on mars, the big screen is your surefire way to experience the red planet.

For decades our neighboring body has captivated sci-fi in film, from the 1953 technicolor “War of the Worlds” to this year’s latest, “LIFE, ” which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds. What is it about Mars that beckons us, and how has its portrayal in film changed over the years?

Host Larry Mantle speaks with Thomas Kent Miller who has chronicled the planet’s journey throughout the movie industry, including the dynamic changes in special effects across the last century.


Thomas Kent Miller, former documentation specialist at NASA and author of “Mars in the Movies: A History” (McFarland, 2016)