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LACMA Kubrick Sidebar Goes 'Beyond the Infinite' with Director's Cut of Mike Hodges' 'The Terminal Man'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! March 26, 2013 at 7:02AM

As a footnote to its ongoing Stanley Kubrick exhibit, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is currently hosting a series entitled "Beyond the Infinite: Science Fiction After Stanley Kubrick." The program gathers ten films that followed the seminal work of the genre, Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968).
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The Terminal Man

As a footnote to its ongoing Stanley Kubrick exhibit, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is currently hosting a series entitled "Beyond the Infinite: Science Fiction After Stanley Kubrick." The program gathers ten films that followed the seminal work of the genre, Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" (1968). (Check out all the vintage trailers for the series' films here.)

Programmed by assistant curator Bernardo Rondeau, LACMA's "Beyond the Infinite" kicked off last Friday with "Phase IV" (Saul Bass, 1974) and "Silent Running" (Douglas Trumbull, 1972). But one of the major highlights of the series is the director's cut of Mike Hodges' "The Terminal Man," the British filmmaker's 1974 adaptation of Michael Crichton's thriller novel about technology gone haywire.

Producer/director/actor Mike Kaplan, who worked at Warner Bros. during the development of "The Terminal Man," recently published an incisive mini-history of the film in The Huffington Post. "A searing indictment of medical and scientific arrogance," Kaplan writes, Hodges' controversial science fiction film stars George Segal as a violent, epileptic computer expert who becomes the subject of a terrifying mind control experiment.

Kaplan discusses the at-first-maligned film’s struggle for release and distribution, its rejection by film festivals and, also, its influence. Included is a typewritten letter from Terrence Malick, who wrote to Hodges saying among many praises, "your image makes me understand what an image is."

In a double-bill with George Lucas' 1971 debut feature "THX 1138," the director’s cut of "The Terminal Man" screens Friday, March 29th at LACMA's Bing Theater. Read about TOH's trip to the Kubrick exhibit here, and see trailers for more films in the series here.


 

This article is related to: Stanley Kubrick, Mike Hodges, Mike Kaplan, LACMA


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.