Don Siegal's 1956 sci-fi mega-thriller Invasion of the Body Snatchers (which spawned an incredibly good and successful re-make starring Donald Sutherland, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright and Brooke Adams in 1978) is really the ultimate in sci-fi thrills in the 1950s. Why? The title for this post, Mirroir Noir, comes from a poster in the house of Jack (King Donovan) in the film, but it's apt for the film because it holds up a "dark mirror" in which we can gaze and see ourselves as we really were in the 1950s, and that's what the very best films always do.
|Adam and Eve by Titian.|
If we are born in the likeness of God, then we have to be reborn in the likeness of the world and the pods, the symbol of our Original Sin and hence, our separation from God, is the "sacramental passage" from being children of God to children of the pod. But what is the catalyst for all these tragic events?
|Theatrical dramatization of Miles finding "Becky."|
|Becky's pod "double" Miles discovers in her cellar.|
Sandra Fluke, instead of staying awake to what it is they are really doing and the damage and harm it causes others and society at large. Remember, Miles himself says, "That moment's sleep was death to Becky's soul." Yet there is another aspect to remind us of Adam and Eve: the garden.
|Becky, Jack, Teddy (who would go on to play Morticia Addams in the Addams Family TV series) and Miles in his greenhouse when they first see the pods and see them trying to reproduce themselves.|
|A pod "hatching" in Miles' greenhouse.|
video clip of it here on youtube) he picks up Becky because she is too weak to go any further and Miles and Becky fall, they fall into a mud puddle, and then he starts kissing her. When he stops kissing her, all he has to do is look at her and he knows she has been changed. What happens? The cave, a deep and dark tunnel, symbolizes our primitive urges because that was the shelter (house/home) for early uncivilized man, so as the soul is symbolized by the home today, the cave can be taken as symbolic of our primitive soul (i.e., the soul before the birth of Christ, the soul before the Prophets and Abraham).
when we are faced with death, we also experience the sexual urge to reproduce). The fall into the muddy water puddle clearly indicates sin because water, while a symbol for the Holy Spirit and Baptismal Grace, is also a symbol for sex (because in the secular world, sex is the answer to all our problems, but in the spiritual world, Grace is the answer to all our problems).
|Foreign release poster featuring Becky.|
As Miles says, "Someone wants the duplication to take place," because the more people who "die," and become fake, living in a fake morality, the easier it will be for the fakes; the real people, still living and working through their problems,will become so outnumbered they will start to doubt themselves and eventually give in and die, becoming fake themselves. This is, again, the importance of running the race and being "alive" to the teachings of Christ and how the political age is trying to erase us, and our beliefs, out of existence.
The Second Original Sin: Art In the Atomic Age, The Decade Of Turmoil Film In the 1950s, Love In the Sonic Age: Attack Of the 50-Foot Woman, One Of Us Has To Die: The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Salt Of the Earth: The Monolith Monsters, And the Beasts Shall Reign Over the Earth: Them!, Promiscuity & Gender In the 1950s: The Thing From Another World.