Friday 10 May 2024

The Planet of the Apes: A Milestone in Science Fiction | ARTE TV

Planet of the Apes – An Historical Retrospective

On the day that Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes hits the cinema screens, a retrospective from ARTE TV asks,

What would happen if the primates took over? Since the first film was released in 1968, the Planet of the Apes franchise has asked questions of contemporary society through the prism of an audacious sci-fi story.

A cinematic history that serves to illustrate the role that cinema itself can and has played in the shaping of history, particularly that of the latter half of the twentieth century. Through all of its instalments, Planet of the Apes has carved out a place for itself as a social and cultural phenomenon, a story that has embedded itself in the human conscience, acting as a beacon and a clarion call for a world without war, inhumanity, injustice.