In Space No One Can Hear the Pasta Over-Boiling: Alfonso Brescia and the ’80s Italian Spacesploitation Invasion

A Retrospective of Italy’s Star Wars-inspired Film Industry and the Inspirations of George Lucas

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Canada’s “Star Wars” with 1979’s The Shape of Things to Come
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Italian poster for a film they loved to “homage,” 1979’s Alien
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The massive box office documentary hit based on the best seller. Image available across multiple sites
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Italian posters for Assignment: Outer Space (Space-Men) and Battle of the Worlds (Planet of Extinct Men). Images available across multiple sites
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Italy’s “Star Wars” from the late 1960s, all five are part of the the “Gamma One” series by Antonio Margheriti. Images available across multiple sites
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Europe’s “Buck Rogers,” Perry Rhodan. Images available across multiple sites
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My favorite childhood toy, Mattel’s “Luke Skywalker,” Matt Mason. Image courtesy of GeekTyrant.com
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Italian posters for Terror in Space, aka Planet of Vampires, aka Demon Planet. Images available across multiple sites
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“You pitiful Earthlings.” Star Odyssey’s “Darth Vader.” Image of Morbidly Beautiful
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Alfonso Brescia/Al Bradley. Image courtesy of Mubi.com
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Alfonso Brescia’s five “Star Wars” films. Top row, left: Cosmos: War of the Planets (Year Zero War in Space), Battle of the Stars (Battle in Interstellar Space), and Reactor ( War of the Robots). Bottom row, left: Star Odyssey and The Beast in Space. Images available across multiple sites
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The two fiction-horror novellas and two non-fiction rock journalism works by R.D Francis
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Metallica poster image and film trivia courtesy of Morbidly Beautiful
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Planet of Dinosaurs (1978) DVD reissue-cover using one of the film’s several versions of theatrical posters (left) and another early theatrical one-sheet (right). Both images available across multiple sites
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Starcrash poster image courtesy of Pinterest/pinimg.com/Squibbon

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