Adventures in Deltiology

Do people still send postcards these days…?

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

scan0003 scan0004A fantastic advertising postcard which I picked up recently at the BFI Southbank (currently hosting a detailed sci-fi retrospective) this has been produced to coincide with the recent cinema re-release of Don Siegel’s classic 1956 sci-fi thriller Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

One for cinema collectors as well as cult aficionados and those with a retro fetish, the postcard features an original (?) poster image for the film, starring Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter. On the reverse McCarthy appears once again in the artistamp position, looking suitably crazed. The postcards were published by Park Circus and include the web address and Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers, now regarded as one of the best science fiction films of the 1950s, was based on a story by Jack Finney, and tells the story of smalltown America besieged and infiltrated by ‘pod people’, replicated humans, devoid of emotion of thought, who are being cultivated by an extra-terrestrial race to populate the Earth. Widely seen as an allegory for America’s internal struggle with McCarthyism or as a commentary on communism the film stands up as a straight forward thriller and is well worth a look, especially back on the big screen. If you find a venue, hopefully you’ll be able to pick up one of these great cards too.

One comment on “Invasion of the Body Snatchers

  1. Chris Lindsay
    May 22, 2015

    Yes, the film is definitely an allegory. I wrote a short essay on Invasion of the Body Snatchers called “Individualism versus Collectivism.” If you would like to read it, here is the link: https://christopherjohnlindsay.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/invasion-of-the-body-snatchers/

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