Alien Encounters: Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

A pair of newlywed scientists are contacted by aliens in flying saucers, whose message to Earth is to surrender or face total destruction. The aliens’ planet is dying, and they’ve settled on our world as a perfect new home. Will science find a way to defeat the invaders? Effects by Ray Harryhausen. 

Alien Encounters is part of a summer-long series of family-friendly sci-fi films, presented free throughout the summer, coinciding with the exhibition Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume. Some of these are movies that George Lucas has cited as being his favorites, others are examples of the vast variety of pre-Star Wars fantasy, science fiction and adventure that fired the imaginations of young audiences in the 1950s and earlier. Raised on the infinite possibilities of movies, this was a generation ready to embrace Lucas’s vision. Each feature film will be preceded by one chapter from the three original Flash Gordon serials of the 1930s.

 

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